Sohail is investigating the impact of the UK asylum process on mental health, with a particular focus on Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers. The initial part of his research will look at how researchers and work with asylum seekers in a non-exploitative, more equitable manner.
Sohail graduated from Cambridge in Natural Sciences, after which he worked for a political polling company and completed an MSc in Political Sociology. He worked for Government on the research and evaluation of migrant integration projects and the Syrian Resettlement Programme for a couple of years before completing another masters at King’s, this time in Applied Mental Health.
He has volunteered for a range of organisations, such as the Red Cross and Praxis, mainly in migration related fields. He started the Migrant Welcome Tours and Migrant Connections Festival, helps organise with the People of Global Majority Network and Speaking Statues project on British colonial history, as well as working with the Iranian community.
Thesis Title: The effects of the asylum process on mental health in Iranians and Afghan asylum seekers
Supervisors: Dr Sian Oram and Dr Stephani Hatch