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Prejudice, ethnic discrimination, and double jeopardy in migrants 

Prejudice, ethnic discrimination, and double jeopardy in migrants
Prejudice, ethnic discrimination, and double jeopardy in migrants

Cameron Watson

, Edgardo Juan Tolentino

, and Dinesh Bhugra

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date: 18 May 2021

Prejudice is a universal phenomenon and all human beings carry at least one prejudice in them, whether this is against individuals with mental illness or migrants. Often potential factors can also cause prejudice. In many clinical settings, migrants with mental illness can face double jeopardy, leading to facing further discriminations at a number of levels. Individuals with mental illness in many countries do not have the right to vote, marry, make a will or inherit property, or the right to employment. Migrants in many countries do not have full rights as citizens. Double or triple jeopardy means that migrants with mental healthcare needs often fail to get their needs met at a number of levels. Prejudice and discrimination are learned behaviours, whereas stigma is often a negative attitude. Racism is a form of discrimination, but it takes the form of xenoracism if the migrant is white, although shared whiteness does not exclude the possibility of racism.

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