Publication: The Impact of Immigration Detention on Mental Health 12th March 2019

An article, co-written by researchers at the Helen Bamber Foundation, including Medical and Research Director, Prof. Cornelius Katona, has recently been published in the journal BMC Psychiatry. The article, The Impact of Immigration Detention on Mental Health: A Systematic Review, found that detention has a detrimental effect on an individual’s mental health, beyond the negative impact caused by uncertain immigration status.

Detention is a traumatic experience which has a detrimental effect on the mental health of asylum seekers and refugees and research into immigration detention is sparse. This study highlights ways in which research on immigrant detainee populations can be improved. It also gives recommendations on how the current immigration system can be improved in order to minimize the harm it does to vulnerable asylum seekers.

The Helen Bamber Foundation has for many years advocated that detention should not be endured by victims of extreme human cruelty. We are committed to contributing to this growing evidence base and using our voice to call for change within asylum systems to ensure recovery of survivors.

This research has been possible thanks to the support of the Oak Foundation.