O impacto dos determinantes sociais na ansiedade das famílias imigrantes refugiados

  • Catarina Leite Vilaça (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Since the Second World War, Europe has seen an unprecedented influx of refugees, but the phenomenon has become even more evident in recent years. There is therefore a need to understand the factors that promote the integration of refugees and aim to guarantee their rights to psychological health, as well as the strategies used by the programs and projects created to accompany their integration in Portugal. The aim of this research is to reflect on refugee integration processes and their repercussions on their psychological health. A qualitative exploratory-descriptive study was developed, interviewing five technicians who work in refugee reception and integration organizations – three female and two males, aged between 25 and 55. A sociodemographic questionnaire and a semi-structured interview designed specifically for this study were administered. Among the results obtained, we highlight the importance of the barriers to integration, which relate to organizational and practical difficulties, such as renting houses and language difficulties, among others. Above all, it is clear that the 18-month reception support programme, funded by the European Union or international organizations, consists of support for all aspects of this population's life; however, it only covers organizational issues, but is lacking in psychological support and support for a population seriously affected by disasters, wars, bereavements and major existential losses, which appear to have a strong predisposition to suffer from anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
Date of Award9 May 2024
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorFabrizia Raguso (Supervisor)


  • Refugees
  • Mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Integration
  • Portugal


  • Mestrado em Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde

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