A large number of Somalis migrate to the UK and US every year to flee their Country’s violence and lack of opportunities. These greener pastures don’t always give them the dream life. Somalis face difficulty in adjusting to lives in the UK and US, defying much of their postcard perfect and immigration-friendly understanding of these countries. Known to tackle more mental health issues arising out of adjustment and unemployment, mainly in London as opposed to Minneapolis, USA, according to a study by the University of London.
Somalis living in London are six times more likely to suffer from depression and four times more due to serious psychological issues when compared to those in Minneapolis. This has been cited due to a number of factors but majorly due to their employment status.
The immigration policies in the US allows the population to easily assimilate. The support for the refugee population extended in Minneapolis favors their transition with an immediate foray into employment. Whereas in London, they are not permitted to work until all the immigration formalities are over and the country allows them to stay.
These procedures have been found to create emotional despondencies and mental unrest caused due to delay, loss of hope and unemployment challenging their role as bread earners. The study also further elucidates that the problem affects more men than Somali women, as it hits the vulnerable spot of masculinity, gender roles defined by their native Country. 92 percent of Somalis remain without employment in England compared to the Somalian population in Minneapolis with a 26 percent rate of unemployment.