Quality of life and Health after Resettlement: A representative, longitudinal study of young, newly resettled, refugees and asylum-seekers in Sweden

Refugee and asylum-seeking children and adolescents are particularly at risk after exposure to pre- and post-migratory stressors during resettlement. Moreover, representative knowledge about this group is scare and/or lacking in several key domains. The overarching aim of this project is therefore to increase our understanding of the causal links between quality of life, health and psychosocial factors within this group.

The project has a longitudinal design and culturally and linguistically adapted questionnaires in Arabic and Persian will be used to collect data among approximately 10 000 newly resettled children and adolescents (age 12-18) from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The study will also include data from a sub sample of up to 700 asylums-seekers from these countries. Participants with residence permits in Sweden will receive two follow-up questionnaires over a period of approximately three years. Data from these measurements will be linked to data from Sweden’s national registries.

The project is a collaborative, national and international effort that involves researchers from the Swedish Red Cross University College (RKH), The Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS), Karolinska Institutet and the Innland University of Norway (INN). The research group aim to publish the results in international, peer-reviewed journals and implications of the results will be communicated widely to end-users, stakeholders, politicians and the public in general through seminars, reports, web and other media coverage.

Project members

Øivind Fjeld-Solberg, Senior Scientist, Project Leader (RKH/NKVTS)
Fredrik Saboonchi, Professor, Programme Director
Emily Holmes, Professor (Karolinska Institutet)
Petter Tinghög, Associate Professor 
Andreas Malm, PhD fellow
Cecilie Ruud Dangmann, PhD fellow (INN)
Sara Sjölund, Research Coordinator
Sofia Larsson, Research Assistant 
Soha Ali Yousif, Research Assistant