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Research: Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe

Worldwide, the total number of forcibly displaced people is currently 59.5 million, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Europe is facing one of the biggest displacement crises, since the increase in displaced people travelling to the European Union from Western and South Asia, Africa, and the Western Balkans in 2015. While some migrants manage to overcome geographic limitations, they often face significant difficulties to get appropriate social and health services, and their needs tend to differ from those of local populations.

The aim of this Special Collection is to provide guidance to people attending refugees and asylum seekers, and to help the development of community programmes and policies. The collection focuses on the conditions most relevant to the context of transit or the patient population involved: common mental health disorders (post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression), skin infections (including scabies, cellulitis, and impetigo), sexual and physical violence, vaccines-preventable diseases, and tuberculosis.
The Collection was developed in collaboration with Evidence Aid, Leo Ho (MSF), Kevin Pottie (University of Ottawa, Canada), and Cochrane.

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