Medical screening and health of illegal immigrants in Australia

Shaw, Marc T.M., and Leggat, Peter A. (2006) Medical screening and health of illegal immigrants in Australia. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 4 (5). pp. 255-258.

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Abstract

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that there are more than 20 million refugees and displaced persons internationally.1 Australia is among the top three resettlement countries in the world, with an annual quota of 4000 persons.2 This component is in addition to a planned intake of 2000 asylum-seekers on-shore, and a further 6000 persons who may be eligible for humanitarian non-refugee visas. There is no limit to the number of refugees who may be recognised onshore.2 Although most immigrants and refugees have come to Australia under a legal migration scheme, a number of refugees travel to Australia as illegal immigrants. These illegal immigrants come by boat or are transported to Australian waters, where they are left at various locations, such as Ashmore Reef, to be picked up by the authorities. Some refugees coming to Australia in this way may perish. Those that reach Australia, and are retrieved by the Royal Australian Navy undertaking border surveillance, are handed subsequently over to Australian Customs.

Item ID: 3923
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: travel medicine; migrants; screening; illegal immigrants; health
ISSN: 1873-0442
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 01:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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