It is easy to brand them aggressive and hostile, easy to accuse them of ingratitude towards those who are welcoming them. It is more difficult to investigate the motives for such behaviour, overcome the temptation to generalise and solve the problem by classifying it among the inevitable distresses of the refugee invasion. They are fleeing wars, famine, persecution and the traumas they carry within them have a shaping influence on their behaviour. The volunteers of the association “Street Psychologists” know something about this. They volunteered to investigate psychological disorders among asylum seekers. And the results are such as to ring alarm bells: because it emerges that more than half (54%) of the sample of refugees considered show clear symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (Ptsd). The investigation was conducted with the collaboration of Veneto Services Centre in Padova by the psychologist-journalist Cristiano Draghi and the criminologist-psychologist Laura Baccaro (president of “Street Psychologists”).
“The scope of this investigation was such as to allow us to understand the problem and find appropriate ways of dealing with it to share with the actors involved in receiving asylum seekers but even more the political and scientific communities. We investigated the existential injuries of these people, finding that most of them have symptoms of an extremely serious disorder that inevitably becomes fertile terrain for aggressive behaviour and that has an effect on the refusal of integration and in the most serious cases is a genuine social danger. These are symptoms which, if disregarded, could lead to psychotic episodes and serious maladjustment. This is data that cannot be underestimated and it suggests the need to confront it.”