El impacto de la detención sobre la salud de los solicitantes de asilo

Added March 22, 2018

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This review suggests that there is an independent adverse effect that detention has on the mental health of asylum seekers . However, this conclusion should be interpreted sparingly as the review is based on only three studies .

To deter asylum seekers, many western countries lock asylum seekers in detention centers as an administrative procedure. This review aims to determine whether detention influences the mental and physical health of asylum seekers. Three studies were included in the analysis, for a total of 359 participants among the three studies. Two studies provided data for participants who were currently experiencing arrest, while the other study provided data after months after the participants were released. The review found that post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety could be negatively attributed to the detention of asylum seekers. This negative effect on mental health was found during detention and immediately after release. However, as the review only included three studies, additional research is required to substantiate the conclusions and inform any policy decision-making.

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