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Asylum seekers, violence and health: A systematic review of research in high-income host countries

Kalt, Anne, Hossain, Mazeda, Kiss, Ligia and Zimmerman, Cathy (2013) Asylum seekers, violence and health: A systematic review of research in high-income host countries. American Journal of Public Health, 103 (3). ISSN 0090-0036

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Identification Number: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301136

Abstract

We performed a systematic review of literature on violence and related health concerns among asylum seekers in high-income host countries.We extracted data from 23 peer-reviewed studies. Prevalence of torture, variably defined, was above 30% across all studies. Torture history in clinic populations correlated with hunger and posttraumatic stress disorder, although in small, nonrepresentative samples. One study observed that previous exposure to interpersonal violence interacted with longer immigration detention periods, resulting in higher depression scores. Limited evidence suggests that asylum seekers frequently experience violence and health problems, but large-scale studies are needed to inform policies and services for this vulnerable group often at the center of political debate.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://ajph.aphapublications.org/loi/ajph
Additional Information: © 2013 American Journal of Public Health
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 23:12
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 03:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102117

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