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Health Status of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH). (Welfare and lifecourse)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0664-1170
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
2017 (English)In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health / [ed] David McQueen, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, p. 1-29Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The health status of refugees and asylum seekers varies significantly across the Europeanregion. Differences are attributed to the political nature of the legal categories of “asylumseeker” and “refugee”; the wide disparities in national health services; and the diversityin individual characteristics of this population including age, gender, socioeconomicbackground, country of origin, ethnicity, language proficiency, migration trajectory, andlegal status. Refugees are considered to be at risk of being or becoming relatively“unhealthy migrants” compared to those migrating on the basis of economic motives, whoare characterized by the “healthy migrant effect.” Refugees and asylum seekers are atrisk to the drivers of declining health associated with settlement such as poor diet andhousing. Restricted access to health care whether from legal, economic, cultural, orlanguage barriers is another likely cause of declining health status. There is also evidenceto suggest that the “embodiment” of the experience of exclusion and marginalization thatrefugee and asylum seekers face in countries of resettlement significantly drivesdecrements in the health status of this population.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. p. 1-29
Keywords [en]
refugee, asylum seeker, health status, Europe, integration
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Social Sciences
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339535DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190632366.013.8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-339535DiVA, id: diva2:1175981
Available from: 2018-01-19 Created: 2018-01-19 Last updated: 2018-01-24Bibliographically approved

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