Care of Refugees

Allison Abbot writes in ‘The refugees and migrants surging into Europe are suffering very high levels of psychiatric disorders. Researchers are struggling to help . . . Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. Last year, more than 1.2 million people applied for asylum in the European Union — and those numbers underestimate the scale of the problem. Germany, which has taken in the lion’s share of people, reckons that it received more than a million refugees in 2015, tens of thousands of whom have yet to officially apply for asylum. Most came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Many have experienced war, shock, upheaval and terrible journeys, and they often have poor physical health. The crisis has attracted global attention and sparked political tension as countries struggle to accommodate and integrate the influx. What hasn’t been widely discussed is the enormous burden of mental-health disorders in migrants and refugees.’ click here.