Why Chaplaincy at Asylum Centers is a Good Idea : A Care Ethics Perspective on Spiritual Care for Refugees

This article argues in favor of introducing chaplaincy care at asylum centers and develops three arguments for doing so. First, chaplaincy is one way to protect the right to health of refugees and to improve their spiritual well-being. The positive contribution of chaplaincy services to mental health care is increasingly recognized, especially in the domain of PTSD. Second, chaplaincy services support asylum seekers in exercising their freedom of religion while entrusted to state care. Chaplains can create a safe space for asylum seekers to reflect on their spiritual and religious needs, orientation and belonging. Third, chaplains are well positioned to help asylum seekers in rebuilding their life-sustaining web, while at the same time promoting a climate of inclusion and respect in and outside the asylum center.

Pieter Dronkers, Joanna Wojtkowiak, Geert Smid | 2023
In: Journal of Religion and Health | august
Online ahead of print doi: 10.1007/s10943-023-01889-2
Asylum Seekers, Caregiving, Cultural Values, Ethnic Identity, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Psychotrauma, PTSD (en), Refugees, Spirituality
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