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Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees: an overview of the literature relating to drug use and access to services.

Creator:

Paul Lemmens, Hans Dupont, Inez Roosen

Subject Keywords: Migr4ant, Migration, Asylum, Healthcare
Set: Health Inequalities
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Report
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

Unusually high numbers of migrants have moved to Europe in recent years, with about1.2 million people applying for asylum in the European Union in each of the years 2015 and 2016. Fears have been expressed that this group's health status and possible vulnerability to substance use will pose serious challenges to European drug treatment and general health policies. The available evidence is limited but suggests that rates of substance use are generally low among asylum seekers and migrants, although their diverse backgrounds make it difficult to paint a full picture of the situation regarding substance use and misuse among these groups. Risk and protective factors are identified. The paper suggests that substance misuse is not prioritised in delivering healthcare to newly arrived asylum seekers and access to mental health and addiction services for traumatised or otherwise mentally ill asylum seekers may be limited. Further information and research is needed to provide a clearer picture of the needs of new migrants and to enable development of tailored treatment and prevention efforts

Date:

01/10/2017

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Paul Lemmens, Hans Dupont, Inez Roosen. (2017) Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees: an overview of the literature relating to drug use and access to services. [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/1122817 [Accessed: 23rd November 2017].

  

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