The Importance of Psychosocial support in the refugee status determination process’
Kenny, M.A. (2001) The Importance of Psychosocial support in the refugee status determination process’. Southern Refugee Law Network Website .
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There has been much written on the importance of psychosocial support of refugees who were adapting to resettlement or recovering from torture. An issue which has received much less attention is the importance of psychosocial support for asylum seekers during the refugee status determination (RSD) process. Asylum seekers face many challenges during the process of refugee status determination, particularly if they have experienced torture and extreme trauma. If lawyers or caseworkers can work in a team with other individuals or organisations that can provide psychosocial support throughout this process, it can reduce the stress for asylum seekers while at the same time improve the quality and credibility of information made available to decision-makers in the RSD process. By working in a team they can assist the asylum seeker to present a comprehensive and coherent case and support the asylum seeker to actively engage in the process.
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