Safe but not settled: the impact of family separation on refugees in the uk

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Beaton, Eilidh; Musgrave, Anna; Liebl, Josephine
Refugee Council
Date of publication
1 January 2018
Families, Social Policy, Children and Young People, Minority Groups, Mental health services
Social welfare
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Refugees in the UK often find themselves separated from their families by their brutal experiences of conflict and persecution, just at the time when they need each other the most. This separation can drag on for years or sometimes indefinitely because of the UK’s restrictive rules on refugee family reunion.

This joint report by the Refugee Council and Oxfam is one of the first to look at how family reunion and ongoing forced separation from loved ones affect the ability of refugees to successfully integrate into UK society.

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