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Type: Journal article
Title: Housing and health for people with refugee- and asylum-seeking backgrounds: a photovoice study in Australia
Author: Due, C.
Ziersch, A.
Walsh, M.
Duivesteyn, E.
Citation: Housing Studies, 2020; 37(9)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 0267-3037
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Clemence Due, Anna Ziersch, Moira Walsh and Emily Duivesteyn
Abstract: Housing is a social determinant of health, and previous research has linked housing with health for the general population. Less research has explored this relationship for people with refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds in resettlement countries. This article reports on findings from the photovoice component of a larger study exploring housing and health for refugees and asylum seekers in South Australia. Participants were 11 refugees and asylum seekers who participated in a photovoice exercise, taking photographs of their housing and neighbourhood and then discussing these in an interview, with verbal data analyzed thematically. Participants identified several elements of housing that affected health, specifically the following: gardens, physical condition, space, layout and privacy and, in relation to neighbourhood, safety, green spaces and proximity to services. Cutting across these themes were affordability, security of tenure and agency which in turn affected ontological security. The article concludes that consideration of ways to promote ontological security in housing should be a critical component of resettlement policies.
Keywords: Photovoice; refugees; housing; health
Rights: 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2020.1857347
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