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Adm. Sci. 2012, 2(1), 47-62; doi:10.3390/admsci2010047

Regionalizing Immigration, Health and Inequality: Iraqi Refugees in Australia

School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, P.O. Box 197, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145, Australia
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Received: 1 November 2011 / Revised: 10 January 2012 / Accepted: 10 January 2012 / Published: 16 January 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health Policy: An International Perspective)
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Humanitarian immigrants and refugees face multiple adjustment tasks and post-settlement support services concentrated in metropolitan areas play an important role. As part of an ongoing commitment, the Australian Government has increasingly supported resettlement in rural and regional areas of the country. Drawing on the experience of Iraqi migrants in Victoria, Australia, we examine some of the conditions that characterize regional resettlement and raise key questions for public health policy. Structural vulnerabilities and discriminations impact upon physical, mental and social wellbeing, leading to further exclusion, with negative long-term implications. The discussion throws light on the issues that migrants and refugees may encounter in other parts within Australia, but are also germane in many countries and highlight the resulting complexity for policy-making.
Keywords: Australia; refugees; regional resettlement; support services; vulnerability Australia; refugees; regional resettlement; support services; vulnerability
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Vasey, K.; Manderson, L. Regionalizing Immigration, Health and Inequality: Iraqi Refugees in Australia. Adm. Sci. 2012, 2, 47-62.

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