Our new study describes the health effects of detention on children, and the clinical results are alarming.
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Refugee camps should only be a temporary solution. They’re no place for ongoing health care.
A Ukrainian woman who fled the war is pictured with her son after they crossed into Moldova on March 18, 2022.
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While most people offering support to Ukrainians are well-intentioned, it’s not always the case. There are a reports of women and girls fleeing Ukraine being raped in their new countries.
Women in an Indonesian village plan strategies for reconstruction after extreme weather.
Researchers asked aid workers how to best prepare for the climate emergency in places where its effects are most severe.
A migrant covered with a blanket passes in front of dumped garbage outside the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Jan. 21, 2020.
(AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)
Based on how other diseases have moved through refugee camps, there is an urgent need to protect refugees in camps and informal settlements from COVID-19.
Maryam Sadat Montajabi, centre left, and her daughter Romina Khaksar, 15, who both moved to Canada from Iran in 2015, wait to have their photo taken with dignitaries after becoming Canadian citizens during a special Canada Day citizenship ceremony, in West Vancouver on July 1, 2019.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Immigrants and other newcomers to Canada are worried about maintaining their relationships and staying afloat, and need government consideration and support.
Syrian refugee family Mohammad Al Mnajer and wife Fouzia Al Hashish sit with their three daughters Judy, second left, Jaidaa, far right, and Baylasan as they eat their after school snack at their home in Mississauga, Ont., in December 2018.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Research shows that many immigrants are healthier than Canadians when they arrive in the country. The longer they stay, the more their health declines.
Many asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru are at risk of suicide.
WORLD VISION/NICK RALPH
A bill to allow for asylum seeker on Nauru and Manus Island to be transferred to Australia for medical and psychiatric treatment has passed both Houses. How will it change things for those detained?
Displaced children, like these in the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, are remarkably resilient but not all thrive in their new countries. Here’s how we can help them.
New research into the health of newly arrived refugee children in Australia gives us clues about how we can help all refugee kids.
Migrant children often adapt to their host country much quicker than their parents.
Migrant children often become interpreters for their parents in settings like the doctor’s office, legal situations and even in parent-teacher interviews. This can be a burden and affect their health.
Offshore detention centres cannot provide quality health care.
Health professionals have long warned that conditions in offshore detention centres are inhumane, degrading and pose life-threatening risks to asylum seekers and refugees.
The collapse of Syria’s health system is helping spread leishmaniasis but not in the way some media outlets have reported.
Repeated trauma in childhood appears to change children’s enduring hormonal function and their subsequent brain development.
A bill that would release the 112 children currently in immigration detention in Australia will soon go before the House of Representatives. So what should MPs consider when casting their votes?
What should matter more to doctors – their patients’ wellbeing or the law?
Doctors at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital are refusing to discharge refugee children back into detention. Which should be a priority - their duty of care to their patient or the law?
Health professionals may be sentenced to two years in jail for the unauthorised disclosure of information about conditions in detention centres.
From July, doctors will no longer be able to fulfil their ethical and professional obligations to report mistreatment of detainees.
Deprivation and trauma and early childhood can affect the developing brain.
Australian Human Rights Commission
Many asylum seekers, including children, have experienced conflict, family separation and significant human rights violations. So how does immigration detention affect their mental health?
A drawing by a six-year-old child detained at the Christmas Island detention centre.
The federal government has tabled the long-awaited Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) report into children held in immigration detention. The report, which recommends a royal commission be held…
Newly arrived refugees face many obstacles to making healthy food choices.
Refugees settling in Australia constantly face new challenges. They have to re-adjust to new income levels, cultural practices and language. They also face a new food environment, where many traditional…
Immigration secretary Martin Bowles has rejected the notion of any cover up by the department relating to children in detention centres.
Immigration department secretary Martin Bowles has said his department was seeking advice about new data on the mental health problems of children in detention, not trying to cover it up. Bowles was responding…
Past failures cannot detract from the significance of documenting current abuses of children
The 1,000-plus children currently detained in immigration detention facilities in Australia and Nauru are at risk of serious mental health and developmental problems. The Human Rights Commission this week…