The Ethiopian Migrants, their Beliefs, Refugeedom, Adaptation, Calamities, and Experiences in the UK
Who is involved?
The Embrace Uk Community Support Centre (Embrace UK) formerly known as Ethiopian Community Centre in the UK (ECCUK) and the Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health are collaborating on this important study. Both have combined expertise in carrying out research with marginalised communities particularly those from minority ethnic groups and have active involvement and contact with the wide range of policy makers and service providers in the field of health and social welfare.
What is the aim of the project?
The aim of the study is to describe and analyse the health and social care needs of Ethiopian refugees in the U.K. in the context of their ethnic and migration histories and the impact of these factors on their culture, values and beliefs. This will provide the information needed for policy makers and service providers to begin to address the needs of this marginalised group.
What is the rationale for this research study?
There is a large and growing Ethiopian refugee community in the UK which is largely invisible and marginalised. There is anecdotal evidence of comparatively poor health outcomes and under utilisation of services amongst this group. Service providers and policy makers do not have the necessary detailed information which to plan and deliver adequate policy and service responses to this situation.
How will the study be carried out?
The research will be carried out in close collaboration with Ethiopian refugee community groups and the multi-method design follows a participatory research approach to understanding the health and social care needs of a disadvantaged group. Research of this type can provide important information to identify risk groups, common health and social needs and above all can involve the group in determining and expressing their own needs, all of which are important processes contributing towards empowerment and capacity building for this community group. The project will use semi-structured group and individual interviews. We want to interview around 100 men and women of different age groups e.g. Children 12-15 years, Adolescents 16-25 years, Mid-life 26-60 years, Elders 60+.
How long is the study?
The study commenced in November 1999 and will be carried out over a two year period.
Who is funding the project?
The project is being funded by the Community Fund formerly known as the National Lottery Charities Board.
Who do I contact?
Please contact the Project Co-Directors:
Dr Rena Papadopoulos
Tel: 020 8 411 6626
Fax: 020 8 411 6106
The Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health
10 Highgate Hill
London N19 3UA