Resilience of African migrants: An integrative review

Olutoyin Babatunde-Sowole, Tamara Power, Debra Jackson, Patricia M. Davidson, Michelle DiGiacomo

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African migrant women represent a rapidly growing cohort of new arrivals in many countries. Many of these women demonstrate strength and resilience throughout the stressful migration process. In this integrative review, we explore the literature on African migrants' resilience using an ecological framework. Nine peer-reviewed journal articles and six grey literature documents were reviewed. Key internal and external factors in achieving resilience were identified, discussed, and diagrammatically represented using Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Framework under micro-, meso-, exo-, and macro-levels. Our findings show that the capacity for resilience demonstrated during migration could have implications for policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)946-963
Number of pages18
JournalHealth care for women international
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions


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