Many refugees live for years in exile. The combination of stress in the host country, together with long-term effects resulting from traumatic stress usually experienced in the home country may affect mental health. Little is known, to what extent these and other factors promote or stall the willingness to return to the country of origin. Here, we investigate, as an example, refugees who will return to their country of origin after having lived in exile in Germany for some 11 years.What is the mental health status of returnees before the actual return who have been living in exile for an extended period? We also asked, what are the current living conditions in Germany and what are the motives for and reasons against a voluntary return to the country of origin?

June 2008

The article is available here:

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/lib.nsf/db900sid/ASIN-7FJRLD/$file/BioMed%20Central_Mental%20Health%20of%20Returnees.pdf?openelement