Europe’s collective failure to address the refugee crisis

Roberts, B; Murphy, A; McKee, M; (2016) Europe’s collective failure to address the refugee crisis. Public health reviews, 37 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0301-0422 DOI:

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The European response to the refugee crisis has been lamentable. A preoccupation with numbers has, too often, ignored how each refugee is an individual, many of whom have experienced the most appalling conditions in their countries of origin and in transit. These stories are only rarely heard, when the cameras are there to capture the tragedies. In this commentary we review the challenges of responding to the health needs of refugees, including examples of best practice, but above all call for a concerted political response that will both reduce the pressure on refugees to flee conflict-afflicted countries and recognize their contribution if they do come to Europe.

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