Mental Health of
Syrian Refugee
Children

The Syrian Conflict

the largest refugee displacement crisis of our time

Since the beginnings of the Syrian conflict in 2011, over 5.6 million people have fled Syria seeking asylum in neighboring and distant countries.4
5.6 Million
Displaced People4

50%

Of Refugees under 185

1 Million

Resettled in Europe6

Mental Health of Refugee Children

The Invisible scars of War & Displacement

Displaced Syrian refugee children need to cope with both past and present traumatic events: the violence witnessed within Syria’s borders and the conflict and the cultural, social, religious, financial, and linguistic challenges post-migration.

Mental Health Interventions

Assisting displaced refugee communities and families in Host Countries

Community-based and culturally-sensitive approaches are vital in addressing mental health needs of resettled refugee children in host-countries.

References:

  1. (2016). Refugee children at the Al Zaatari refugee camp. [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.itv.com/news/2016-02-03/statistics-show-plight-of-syrians-fleeing-brutal-civil-war/.
  2. Pitarakis, L. (2016). Thousands of Syrian refugees trying to cross into Turkey. [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/09/syrian-refugees-displaced-war-160920073121763.html.
  3. Kılıç, B. (2015). A Syrian family waits after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos. [Photograph] Retreived from https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/syrian-refugees.jpg?quality=85.
  4. UNHCR. (2019). Syria emergency. Retrieved from https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/syria-emergency.html.
  5. Sirin, S. R., & Rogers-Sirin, L. (2015). The educational and mental health needs of Syrian refugee children. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.
  6. Connor, P. (2018, January 29). Most displaced Syrians are in the Middle East, and about a million are in Europe. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/29/where-displaced-syrians-have-resettled/.
  7. (2017). Second Shift Schools: A Viable Mainstay Policy Response? [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://erainstitute.org/second-shift-schools-a-viable-mainstay-policy-response/.

Biology of Global Health Final Project