South Africans in flux : exploring the mental health impact of migration on family life

25 Jun 2009

In the context of post-apartheid South Africa mental health professionals are increasingly faced with the complexities linked to people leaving the country, those left behind and those returning. In an attempt to illustrate the mental health challenges linked to the South African migration phenomenon, this article will firstly explore the global phenomenon of migration and some of the theoretical approaches used to understand it. The psychological impact of immigration on individuals and their families will also be explored. In conclusion the author will propose some possible preventative measures which may be of use to mental health professionals.