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How can we meet the health needs of child refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants?
  1. Amy Jane Stevens
  1. The School of Public Health, Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amy Jane Stevens, Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK; amyjanestevens{at}doctors.org.uk

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.

  • general paediatrics
  • children's rights
  • health service
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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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