Refugee resettlement to the United States: Recommendations for a new approach

Joseph John Westermeyer

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Hmong acculturation to the United States has involved high prevalence of several psychosocial challenges: acculturation failure, welfare dependency, psychiatric disorder, mistrust, malignant youth gangs, and violence. Conversely, resettlement of the Thai Dam-a tribal group, also from Laos-has gone remarkably well in comparison. Strategies used for resettlement of these two groups differed greatly. Based on these differences, the author recommends a refugee resettlement strategy aimed at improved mental health and optimal acculturation for future refugee groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-536
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011


  • Hmong
  • acculturation
  • gangs
  • health
  • mental health
  • refugee

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