Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Refugee Health and Screening

  • Nadia El-Shaarawi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_647

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are currently 15.2 million refugees worldwide. Most refugees and displaced persons reside in urban areas or camps in the Global South. The health of refugees is a complex topic with important implications for policy and practice on a global scale. The complex humanitarian emergencies often associated with refugee flows pose significant challenges to the health of displaced peoples. In addition to morbidity and mortality directly resulting from war or other violence, disruption in infrastructure associated with humanitarian emergencies pose great challenges for public health and medical care. The process of migration from conflict or disaster can be associated with further injury and illness. Following migration, encamped refugees and those in urban settings of asylum experience a variety of health concerns as do the much smaller number of refugees who are resettled to places such as Europe, North America, or...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia El-Shaarawi
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA