Innovations and Reproductions in Cultures and Societies
(IRICS) Vienna, 9 - 11 december 2005

<< Innovation and Reproduction in Black Cultures and Societies: A Comparative Dialogue and Lessons for the Future

Global Movement and health potential of Black migrants in Germany: A study of mental health indices using MMPI

Erhabor Sunday Idemudia (University of Namibia, Windoek)


There is a long history of Africans migrating to other lands particularly the United States of America and European Countries and reasons attributed ranges from political, social, and psychological to economic factors. Unfortunately, many travel in droves and also by unsafe means. Some trek through the valleys and shadows of death of the hot Sahara desert, trolleys, dinghy and cargo ships. On arrival many find that the land that was supposed to flow with honey actually flow with racism, hardships, imprisonment, police harassments, daily apprehension of deportation and other hosts of hostile life situations and consequently have psychological difficulties necessitated by settling in a new country, the frustrations and loneliness induced by racism and the inevitable clash of values. Such difficulties are translated as psychopathological expressions, which unfortunately have not been investigated seriously.

This paper will examine the growing numbers of African immigration to Germany and the nature of mental health implications for the migrants using MMPI.

Therefore, the study is aimed at bringing out a comprehensive on a comparative and typological profile of mental health indices of African immigrants in Germany. The paper will also help to generate a culturally relevant theoretical position on international migration. Finally the implication of these issues in the literature for research, international policies on migration will be considered particularly psychotherapeutic outcomes for mental health professionals

Innovationen und Reproduktionen in Kulturen und Gesellschaften (IRICS) Wien, 9. bis 11. Dezember 2005

WEBDESIGN: Peter R. Horn 2005-09-05