Asylum Seekers and Methodology of Ascertainment

  • Sindi Visentin
  • Guido Pelletti
  • Thomas Bajanowski
  • Santo Davide Ferrara


The protection of the right to seek asylum is one of the core functions of the United Nations, and a common International Asylum System is a constituent part of the United Nation’s objective. Forensic medicine plays an important role in this field, and in particular in the medical assessment of vulnerable asylum seekers. Therefore, there is the need for a shared medico-legal algorithm, based on the national and international regulatory framework and the protocols currently used for the medico-legal assessment of asylum seekers. After a systematic overview of the relevant and multi-disciplinary scientific evidence, the flow-chart on the Methods of Ascertainment and the Criteria of Evaluation has been set out in this chapter and proposed for the application of the International Medico-Legal community.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Legal and Occupational Medicine, Toxicology and Public HealthUniversity-Hospital of PaduaPaduaItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Legal MedicineUniversity of Duisburg-Essen, University Hospital EssenEssenGermany

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