Project funded by the United States Department of State for the allocation, through a competitive procedure, of a training grant at FIERI to a young researcher of foreign origin.
The grant was won by the young researcher Yassin Dia, who conducted research titled ‘Mental Health of the Wolof and Lébou Migrant Population between Transnationalism and Mobility
Migration is often marked by traumatic events and painful experiences, the consequences of which can manifest as forms of vulnerability and psychological distress even after the completion of the migration journey and settlement in the destination country. The research, carried out within the framework of the MIGRICERCA grant promoted by FIERI, explores the management of mental disorders in the context of migration among the Senegalese Wolof and Lébou population through the analysis of interpretive codes, care strategies, and adopted therapeutic pathways. Deep attention is particularly focused on the role that transnational ties play in safeguarding mental health and the forms of mobility that traverse the transnational space of care. Simultaneously, the research explores the ways in which public health institutions and associations engaged in mental health care relate to the complex themes of transnational care, mobility, and medical pluralism.
Also within the scope of MIGRICERCA, we would like to highlight this contribution by Yassin Dia, titled ‘Hybrid Paths and Field Positioning: Reflections from an Ethnography.’
The research findings were also presented at the following conferences:
- The mental health of Senegalese people between transnational practices, health services, and associations: towards a frontier psychiatry?” within Panel 5 “The time of the frontier: perspectives for intervention research in the field of migrations,” VIII National Conference on Applied Anthropology, streamed from December 2nd to 6th, 2020.
- Exploring transnational healing in relation to mental health: some evidence on Senegalese Wolof and Lébou migrants” within the session organized by the SC Migrant Transnationalism, 18th IMISCOE Annual Conference, streamed from July 7th to 9th, 2021.