RRPP: Engendering Forced Migration, Socio-political Transition and Mental Health in BiH, Serbia and Kosovo


Recognising a recent growth in academic interest for the complex social, political and economic migration factors impacting human health, and a significant lack of scientific research into the current state of psychosocial well-being in Western Balkans, this project aims to conduct a pioneering study focusing on the nexus of migration, social transitioning and mental health in BiH, Serbia and Kosovo.

rrppkickoffThrough empirical cross-case analysis (mixed-methods and multidisciplinary approach), the project will address transformation and preservation of psychosocial health among the women forced migrants (stratified sample) in the three countries. It draws on the following research questions: How does the experience of inter-ethnic violence, large scale war displacement and protracted transitioning affect the psychosocial health of women forced migrants in each of the three environments? What should be done to address the psychosocial needs identified among this population and to fill the gaps of existing mental health and social protection policies and practices? Research results, based on the 2-years-long empiric study will provide insights into the state of mental health among women forced migrants in the three countries and inform service responses of the community health practitioners.

Ultimately, we hope to provide guidelines and set of recommendations aimed at improvement of the existing mental health policies and services and to bring an attention to the overall importance of the psychosocial wellbeing in the three societies. The study involves 18 experienced scholars working in a three teams – each combining policy analysts and psychology, social work, forced migration and social anthropology researchers with supervision and training in the ethnographic data collection and analysis, as well as the institutional mentoring and cooperation on international level of relevance to migration and health policies.


Dr. Selma Porobic introduces a project


Nevena Dičić Kostić (Belgrade Centre for Human Rights) reflects on some of the main components of RRPP: support of relevant social science researches, and capacity building and networking.


Seb Bytyci (Balkan Policy Institute – IPOL) summarises his expectations from the project led by the RRPP LCU