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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011, Article ID 824209, 6 pages
Research Article

A Conceptual Model Facilitating the Transition of Involuntary Migrant Families

School of Health and Society, Kristianstad University, 291 88 Kristianstad, Sweden

Received 17 August 2011; Accepted 5 October 2011

Academic Editor: B. D. Powe

Copyright © 2011 Kerstin Linnéa Samarasinghe. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Refugee families face a complex transition due to the nature of involuntary migration and the process of acculturation. There are several risk factors to the family adaptation process during the transition period, which are sociocontextually environmental dependant. Facilitating a healthy transition for refugee families, therefore, requires the role of nursing to incorporate sociopolitics into the discipline. This paper introduces a sociopolitically oriented and community-driven assessment and intervention model which is based on a family systematic approach. Interventions that aid the families in their acculturation process as well as empowers them to a well-functioning daily life, as per the SARFI model, should be adopted. As such, the future of nursing may provide additional primary health care services for refugee families; this is through a team-led “family nurse” who provides quality care for the family unit in collaboration with other health care professionals and societal authorities.