Refugee experience more traumatising than war

The trauma of being a refugee can be worse than the trauma of war, according to a new Victoria University study.

School of Social Sciences and Psychology PhD researcher Dr Anita Milicevic interviewed nearly 50 Croatian, Bosnian Muslim and Serbian parents and children who escaped the Balkans conflict 20 years ago to live in Melbourne.

Her study concluded the loss of dignity during the refugee experience had been more psychologically damaging than the horrors of war or persecution.

Read more at Victoria University