The Prevalence of Major Depressive Disorder in Migrants and Refugees Attending Dennis Hurley Centre in Durban (KwaZulu-Natal)

lindokuhle thela, Jonathan Burns


Numerous studies conducted in Europe, Australia and North America indicate an increased prevalence of major psychiatric disorders among displaced people whether driven by job market or political reasons. In Africa, South Africa is viewed as a country of opportunities and better life. In most cases this does not hold true as South Africa is one of leading nations in violence, and often migrant refugees have to endure discrimination (Xenophobia/afro-phobia). There has been an increase in the number of migrants and refugees in South Africa; however there is hardly any literature on the prevalence of mental illnesses in this population.