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Facilitators and Barriers toward Food Security of Afghan Refugees Residing in Karachi, Pakistan
- Khakpour, Mahasti, Iqbal, Romaina, GhulamHussain, Naveera, Engler-Stringer, Rachel, Koc, Mustafa, Garcea, Joseph, Farag, Marwa, Henry, Carol, Vatanparast, Hassan
- Ecology of food and nutrition 2019 v.58 no.4 pp. 317-334
- food choices, food security, interviews, quality of life, refugees, Pakistan
- The present study comparatively assesses how Afghan refugees in Pakistan understand both the factors and barriers affecting their food security status before and after refuge. Through qualitative in-depth interviews with 25 Afghan refugee families, we assess how quality of life, together with perceptions of a balanced meal, food environments both pre- and post-migration and push and pull factors of migration, impact food security and food choices for refugee families. Furthermore, our results reveal that regardless of the length of protracted status for Afghan refugees, food insecurity remains as a consistent condition for refugee families.