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Refugees and asylum seekers 

Refugees and asylum seekers
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Refugees and asylum seekers
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Tom K.J. Craig

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0028
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date: 18 May 2021

The number of people displaced from their homes as the result of war, civil unrest, and persecution worldwide is now at the highest level on record. Around a fifth make it to affluent Western nations, prompting a marked rise in tension and in efforts to stem the tide by tightening quotas, clamping down on ‘illegals’, and erecting physical barriers. Given the traumas that drive people to flee their homes and the struggles many face in resettlement, it is hardly surprising that there is a high prevalence of mental health problems. While these conditions can be successfully treated using methods known to be effective in non-migrants, the interventions typically rely on expert therapists delivering a Westernized model of therapy. More research is needed to develop and test effective interventions that could be delivered by a much broader workforce, including those in the developing countries where the majority of refugees remain.

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