ABSTRACT

It is rather remarkable that with all the intensity and breadth of the debate on refugee issues and the extensive psychological work with them there is no substantial examination of the idea of home and its implications for refugees and their workers. Instead, what is more readily available is the plethora of theories on trauma and their applications. Whenever one thinks of refugees, from a psychological perspective, the first association is to trauma rather than to home. Home, after all, is not a psychological concept, as such. Yet, loss of home is the only condition that all refugees share, not trauma. Refugees are defined not as a group of people exhibiting any specific psychological condition but merely as people who have lost their homes. Their primary common characteristic is their lack of home. But what is home and what does it mean for refugees? How does home affect the therapeutic care and its interactive process?