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Assessment of Asylum Seekers
Assessment of asylum seekers
DeborahFreedDoctors of the World

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) currently cares for an estimated 12 million refugees as well as an additional 7.7 million persons of concern.1 Fleeing persecution, sometimes including physical and/or mental torture, refugees and refugee-like populations have become an international issue concerning many countries of the world. Individuals and communities are being devastated and uprooted, often due to military dictatorships, civil wars, failed or inadequate development policies, and/or conflicts arising from economic, ethnic, racial, religious, and/or political tensions. Already in a fragile state from what may be years of persecution, a refugee may continue to endure further trauma in the country that he or she hoped would grant safety and comfort. Many do ...

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