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A child receiving psychosocial support at a reception centre in Sicily. ©Tdh Italia / Andrea Frazzetta

A new study conducted by the Italian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies in partnership with Destination Unknown campaign member Terre des Hommes has shown how providing unaccompanied minors with quality psychosocial support now will prevent higher social and financial costs in the future.

The study, Psychosocial care for unaccompanied minors in Europe: Is there an economic case?, shows that the mental healthcare provision currently provided for unaccompanied refugee and migrant children is woefully insufficient. It concludes that a more holistic, multi-disciplinary approach which considers all aspects of care is the most economically sensible solution.

This would involve the merging of traditionally separate childcare and immigration procedures, such as screenings, assessments, psychosocial activities and psychotherapy.

The report, which uses the support available in Italy and Germany as case studies, is the first of its kind to focus on the economic benefits of providing psychosocial care for unaccompanied minors and provides innovative approaches and solutions to the topic.

You can read the report in full here.

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