Prioritising ‘well-being’ amongst refugees living in fragile settings
ISS PhD graduate Holly Ritchie explores how a project in a fringe area of Nairobi, Kenya seeks to counter the precarious position of Somali refugee women by placing their well-being first, with particular emphasis on the role of culture and inclusion.
She argues that a focus on improving the well-being of vulnerable groups such as refugees and migrants is crucial for at least two reasons:
- managing the trauma of crisis and disruption that has severely affected the lives of such groups
- confronting new challenges arising in displacement, including ‘social and cultural barriers to integration, low socio-economic status, acculturation stress, exclusion and discrimination’
She argues cultural and religious diversity needs to be recognized and embraced with institutional-level support to promote greater acceptance of marginalized groups.