During the last years, a considerable number of refugees from war-torn countries arrived in Europe to seek asylum, among which a majority were children and adolescents under 18 years. Forced migration might cause challenges for both the host countries and for the individual refugee with regard to mental health, adaptation and integration into the society. Supporting refugee and migrant adolescents’ mental well-being is therefore crucial, as their past experiences in the home countries and post-migration may be associated with poor mental health.
The overall objective of the RefugeesWellSchool project is to evaluate the effectiveness of school-based interventions in promoting refugee and migrant adolescents’ mental health. Furthermore, it aims to examine the implementation processes of the school-based interventions and the contextual factors that impact the implementation, as well as to perform an overall economic evaluation of the interventions.
The RefugeesWellSchool is a collaboration between Uppsala University (Sweden), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Ghent University (Belgium), University of Tampere (Finland), University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Sussex (UK) and Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (Norway). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 754849.
The Swedish project group comprises Professor Anna Sarkadi, Associate professor Inna Feldman and researchers Dr. Natalie Durbeej, Dr. Fatumo Osman and Antonia Tökés.