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Regionalizing Immigration, Health and Inequality: Iraqi Refugees in Australia

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  • Katie Vasey

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    (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)

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    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.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Administrative Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 47-62

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jadmsc:v:2:y:2012:i:1:p:47-62:d:15685

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    Keywords: Australia; refugees; regional resettlement; support services; vulnerability;

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    1. Liette Gilbert, 2009. "Immigration as Local Politics: Re-Bordering Immigration and Multiculturalism through Deterrence and Incapacitation," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(1), pages 26-42, 03.
    2. John Marangos & Catherine Williams, 2005. "The effect of drought on uncertainty and agricultural investment in Australia," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 27(4), pages 575-594, July.
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