Introduction: Migration and Mental Health

Marjory Harper*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Definitions of both mental health and migration are ambiguous and contested, and any attempt to integrate the two phenomena is fraught with the challenge of comprehending and interpreting such constantly moving targets. The difficulties are not confined to changes over time and space, but involve many different understandings of the criteria for ‘normality’ and multiple perceptions of migration. Nevertheless, there is sufficient evidence of a perceived link between migration and mental illness to warrant a multidisciplinary evaluation, blending conceptual and empirical models and covering a broad chronological, spatial and thematic spectrum.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigration and Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationPast and Present
EditorsM Harper
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-52968-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-52967-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMental Health in Historical Perspective
ISSN (Print)2634-6036
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6044

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright: © 2016, The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s).


  • Asylum Seeker
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Literary Text
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Illness


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