This is the second live chat of the “Road to Return” series.
We will explore the realities of mental health post-deportation. Research suggests that migration has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and development, on par with divorce and other major life events. Further research also suggests that for the undocumented and other vulnerable immigrants in the United States, a climate of hostility, uncertainty about legal status, and the threat of deportation cripple the quality of life and psychological health of migrant communities. Detention, followed by deportation, compound these dynamics. Deported and returned migrants further suffer from negative mental health outcomes in countries where adequate mental health care may not be readily available. Experts in the mental health field will share expertise alongside affected community members.