People with refugee backgrounds do not desire death; that is why they flee their homes and seek refuge in the first place. They are prepared to brave great adversity and peril to move toward a better life. So why then do any forced migrants die by suicide?In 2017, there were 68.5 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, and only 102,800 (0.15%) were permanently resettled (UNHCR, 2017). Therefore, over 99% of forced migrants worldwide are living in some form of sustained displacement. This state of displacement, and resulting barriers to starting a new fulfilling life, may contribute to a corrosion of resilience, and have an adverse effect on a life worth living (Sundram & Ventevogel, 2017).This chapter explores from the perspective of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (IPTS; Joiner et al., 2009; Van Orden et al., 2010), how the experiences of forced migrants influence suicide risk and resilience.
|Title of host publication||Alternatives to Suicide|
|Subtitle of host publication||Beyond Risk and Toward a Life Worth Living|
|Editors||Andrew C. Page, Werner G. K. Stritzke|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Number of pages||41|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Jan 2020|