Addressing occupational deprivation in refugees: A scoping review

Shan Siddiqui, Claudia Hilton, Karen Aranha

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In 2015, over 21 million refugees were displaced worldwide. A significant issue faced by this population is occupational deprivation – being deprived of engagement in meaningful activities. Despite this being a global problem, information on interventions that address occupational deprivation has not been synthesized. To bridge this gap, we conducted a scoping review to examine interventions that can be used when working with refugees who face this issue. For our methods, we used a five-step framework and reviewed interventions using the following databases: PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar. Initial searches yielded 191 studies, 7 of which were retained. Community-based rehabilitation, familiar activities from native countries, projective techniques allowing for emotional expression, mastery of practical skills allowing for navigation in new environments, and activities that promote social participation can be used with refugees who face occupational deprivation. These interventions may help promote refugees’ engagement in activities that hold personal, social, and cultural meaning.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number10.18297/rgh/vol2/iss1/x
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Refugee & Global Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 23 2019


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