Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Asylum Seekers and Public Health

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Asylum Seekers and Public Health

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Dear Editor,

I would like to suggest that the effects of current UK government policies towards destitute foreigners should be explored as a public health issue.

Those people who are awaiting decisions on asylum, some of whom may wait for years, are entitled to government supported accommodation and subsistence and free National Health Service (NHS) primary care, and those granted asylum or leave to remain in the UK gain civic entitlements as well as being allowed to work. Those people who are awaiting decisions on asylum, some of whom may wait for years, are entitled to government supported accommodation and subsistence and free National Health Service (NHS) primary care, and those granted asylum or leave to remain in the UK gain civic entitlements as well as being allowed to work. However, there is now a large but undetermined number of refugees who have failed in their application for asylum. It includes those who have been reconsidered on appeal but who do not return to their home country. There are also people whose entry visa has expired and who, like failed asylum seekers, are terrified of being deported to their home country for fear of what could happen to them on their return.

The present UK government's policy of deportation for failed asylum seekers includes legislation which prohibits such people from work and legally gained earnings. …

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