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How can we meet the health needs of child refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants?

Abstract

The numbers of people forcibly displaced from their homes because of conflict, persecution, natural disasters and famine is increasing globally, reaching 68.5 million at the end of 2017. Over half of the world's refugees are children. Child refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants are exposed to multiple risk factors for poor physical and mental health throughout their migration experience. International treaties and national legislation recognise child migrants' 'right to health' and equitable access to healthcare, yet restrictive immigration policies, health system challenges and service provider barriers to care impede translation into practice. This review explores how the experiences of child refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in England impacts on their health and presents recommendations as to how their health needs can be met.

Authors+Show Affiliations

The School of Public Health, Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK amyjanestevens@doctors.org.uk.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31604688

Citation

Stevens, Amy Jane. "How Can We Meet the Health Needs of Child Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Migrants?" Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2019.
Stevens AJ. How can we meet the health needs of child refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants? Arch Dis Child. 2019.
Stevens, A. J. (2019). How can we meet the health needs of child refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants? Archives of Disease in Childhood, doi:10.1136/archdischild-2018-316614.
Stevens AJ. How Can We Meet the Health Needs of Child Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Migrants. Arch Dis Child. 2019 Oct 11; PubMed PMID: 31604688.
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TY - JOUR T1 - How can we meet the health needs of child refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants? A1 - Stevens,Amy Jane, Y1 - 2019/10/11/ PY - 2019/02/12/received PY - 2019/09/12/revised PY - 2019/09/16/accepted PY - 2019/10/13/entrez KW - children's rights KW - general paediatrics KW - health service JF - Archives of disease in childhood JO - Arch. Dis. Child. N2 - The numbers of people forcibly displaced from their homes because of conflict, persecution, natural disasters and famine is increasing globally, reaching 68.5 million at the end of 2017. Over half of the world's refugees are children. Child refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants are exposed to multiple risk factors for poor physical and mental health throughout their migration experience. International treaties and national legislation recognise child migrants' 'right to health' and equitable access to healthcare, yet restrictive immigration policies, health system challenges and service provider barriers to care impede translation into practice. This review explores how the experiences of child refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in England impacts on their health and presents recommendations as to how their health needs can be met. SN - 1468-2044 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31604688/How_can_we_meet_the_health_needs_of_child_refugees,_asylum_seekers_and_undocumented_migrants L2 - http://adc.bmj.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=31604688 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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