CeSCuP seminar : Towards a Psychology of Refugee Integration (Tuesday 01/10/2019, 12:30)

Towards a Psychology of Refugee Integration Pr. Dr. Gerald Echterhoff, Universität Münster Abstract: The successful management of refugee immigration, including refugee integration in host societies, requires a sound understanding of  underlying psychological processes. I will present a framework on the Psychological Antecedents of Refugee Integration (PARI), developed in  collaboration with

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1 October 2019 - 12 h 30 min

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1 October 2019 - 14 h 00 min

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30 Avenue Antoine Depage - 1050 Brussels (Room DC8.322 - 8th floor, Building D, Campus Solbosch of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences - Université Libre de Bruxelles)   View map

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Towards a Psychology of Refugee Integration

Pr. Dr. Gerald Echterhoff, Universität Münster

Abstract: The successful management of refugee immigration, including refugee integration in host societies, requires a sound understanding of  underlying psychological processes. I will present a framework on the Psychological Antecedents of Refugee Integration (PARI), developed in  collaboration with collegues from different fields of psychology (Mitja Back, Jens Hellmann, Guido Hertel, Joscha Kärtner and Nexhmedin Morina). We argue that forcedness (i.e., coercion by push factors) and ensuing perils (risks and potential suffering during migration) are distinctive  factors of /refugee/ migration. According to the PARI framework, perceptions and subjective representations of forcedness and related perils trigger specific psychological mechanisms (e.g., loss of control) that  moderate integration-relevant responses to the demands and stressor of the immigration situation. We conceptualize these distinctive influences for  both refugees and residents of the receiving society. Based on the identification of distinctive features of refugee migration, PARI generates novel and specific hypotheses about psychological processes predicting refugee integration. For instance, refugees’ experiences of forcedness and perils should lead to high preoccupation with the restoration of basic needs (e.g., control needs) after arrival in a host country, which interferes with integration-related activities. Conversely, residents’ perceptions of forcedness and perils may enhance empathy with refugees, but may also amplify feelings of threat. I will briefly discuss implications for policy-making and politics.

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