Diana Rayes is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the impact of conflict and displacement on refugee and migrant mental health. Rayes is also currently a 2022 Pulitzer Center Fellow, documenting the health policy implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She has consulted for the Migration Policy Institute, the World Health Organization, and was a Fulbright research fellow in Germany. She tweets at @Diana_Rayes.
As millions of Ukrainians seek refuge in nearby countries, obstacles to mental health services risk complicating the process of social integration for these new arrivals. The parties coordinating assistance for Ukrainian refugees should learn from previous crises and ramp up their national health care systems in order to alleviate mental health and integration issues among refugees – including those from the Middle East and Africa.