Refugees and suicide: When the quest for a better life becomes thwarted

Shraddha Kashyap, Amy Joscelyne

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlternatives to Suicide
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond Risk and Toward a Life Worth Living
EditorsAndrew C. Page, Werner G. K. Stritzke
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9780128142981
ISBN (Print)9780128142974
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


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