Exploring Coping Mechanisms in Conditions of Displacement: The Struggles and Strengths of Pakistani and Somali Refugees in Nepal

This study will aim to
counterbalance this trend in the literature and will explore the experiences of Pakistani
and Somali URs, two of the largest UR populations in Kathmandu, Nepal. Through
individual interviews, focus groups, and Photovoice methodology, 24 URs (n=16
Pakistanis; n=8 Somalis), provided accounts of their experiences and their coping
strategies. Notwithstanding the frustrations many faced in their circumstances, the
findings illustrate how some find ways of coping, most frequently through primary
relationships. This study argues that a lack of legal-recognition and erratic
opportunities to uniquely contribute to society impede full coping capacity.