Refugee health

Williams, Aled, and Little, Mark (2009) Refugee health. In: Cameron, Peter, Jelinek, George, Kelly, Anne-Maree, Murray, Lindsay, and Brown, Anthony F.T., (eds.) Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine. Elsevier, London, UK, pp. 796-799.

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Increasingly over the past few years Australian health professionals, including emergency medicine staff, have responded to refugee crises due to conflict or natural disasters in our region.

Caring for refugees is not a new problem. Since World War II up to 100 000 000 civilians have been forced to flee their homes due to unrest. The major factors that cause people to flee their country, conflict, political repression and persecution, are as old as humanity. In 1573, the term 'refugee' was first used for Calvinists fleeing political repression in the Spanish-controlled Netherlands. Refugee numbers are now higher than ever and seem to be relentlessly increasing. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is currently responsible for the welfare of some 33 million refugees and other persons of concern (January 2007 figures). These consist mostly of internally displaced persons (refugees inside their country of origin), asylum seekers and recently returned refugees. This equates to about 1 :200 persons on the planet. The problem is massive.

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