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Regionalizing Immigration, Health and Inequality: Iraqi Refugees in Australia

Katie Vasey () and Lenore Manderson
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Katie Vasey: School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, P.O. Box 197, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145, Australia
Lenore Manderson: School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, P.O. Box 197, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145, Australia

Administrative Sciences, 2012, vol. 2, issue 1, 1-16

Abstract: Humanitarian immigrants and refugees face multiple adjustment tasks and post-settlement support services concentrated in metropolitan areas play an important role. As part of an ongoing commitment, the Australian Government has increasingly supported resettlement in rural and regional areas of the country. Drawing on the experience of Iraqi migrants in Victoria, Australia, we examine some of the conditions that characterize regional resettlement and raise key questions for public health policy. Structural vulnerabilities and discriminations impact upon physical, mental and social wellbeing, leading to further exclusion, with negative long-term implications. The discussion throws light on the issues that migrants and refugees may encounter in other parts within Australia, but are also germane in many countries and highlight the resulting complexity for policy-making.

Keywords: Australia; refugees; regional resettlement; support services; vulnerability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M M0 M1 M10 M11 M12 M14 M15 M16 L (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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