Receiving asylum seekers: Risks and resources of professionals

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This study focuses on the experiences of professionals working with refugees and asylum seekers in the North of Italy. In the last years, professionals who work in this sector have been exposed to an increasing risk of physical and emotional malaise because of the number of challenges they daily manage. A qualitative study has been conducted with the aim of exploring the resource and the fatigue factors of professionals, in relation to their state of well-being or discomfort. Eight focus groups with multi-professional teams were held in eight refugee centres, for a total of 28 professionals involved (16 males and 12 females). The results allowed the description of three different professional profile conditions: Fatigued, Idealizing and Engaged.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • asylum seekers
  • political refugees
  • reception migrants
  • refugee centres
  • risk and resources of professionals
  • well-being, malaise


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