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Hilda Gustafsson, PhD Student, Malmö University
Discussant: Erica Righard, Associate Professor, Malmö University

Public health and migration studies have shown negative mental health consequences of family separation, forced displacement and protracted waiting. Yet studies have not investigated the health consequences of waiting for family reunification; an immigration policy field undergoing rapid transformation. This mixed method study explores how waitinghood, i.e. a state of waiting, relates to mental health outcomes among Syrian families waiting for family reunification to Sweden. Quantitative data from three survey studies and the Swedish national STATIV register will be analyzed using logistic and linear regression. Focus groups and individual interviews with Syrian refugees experiencing the family reunification process will inform the qualitative module. Using a transnational and intersectional lens, a thematic analysis will be conducted. Finally, the two modules will be merged to explore mental health consequences of forced separation taking place during family reunification processes.

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