chapter  11
15 Pages

The Impact of Migration on the Mental Health of Refugee Women in Contemporary New Zealand


Ana is a twenty-eight-year-old Somali refugee who lived in a refugee camp for six years before coming to New Zealand in 2002 with her mother, her sister, and her sister’s fi ve children. Her general practitioner (GP), who had exhausted all other means of investigation of Ana’s symptoms, was at a loss as to what to do next and made a referral to the mental health service. On arrival at the service, Ana made it clear that she did not believe she needed its assistance. Her story intimated that she had adjusted well to life in New Zealand. She lived in a rented house with her mother, her sister, and her sister’s family; had a part-time position stacking supermarket shelves; and was doing well at night school.