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Human Rights and Access to Psychiatric Care for Adult Asylum Seekers: Guidelines to Improve Care

Bengt Ginsburg (Transcultural Centre, Stockholm County Council)
Sofie Bäärnhielm (Transcultural Centre, Stockholm County Council)

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1747-9894

Article publication date: 1 June 2008

Abstract

Psychiatric care for adult asylum seekers has been an area of conflict and turbulence in Sweden over the last 20 years. Sweden has been criticised for being one of the most restrictive EU countries in providing health care for asylum seekers. Mental health care for asylum seekers is characterised by short‐term emergency measures and inequality. The complex regulatory framework tends to be interpreted in a rather arbitrary fashion, which in many cases may lead to unnecessary restrictions. In this paper we present guidelines for care givers and decision makers aiming to improve psychiatric care for adult asylum seekers in Stockholm, Sweden. In this context it is necessary to highlight and discuss the importance of understanding and implementing human rights among health professionals. The overall goal for these guidelines is mental health care for asylum seekers on the same terms, as far as possible, as for Swedish citizens.

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Ginsburg, B. and Bäärnhielm, S. (2008), "Human Rights and Access to Psychiatric Care for Adult Asylum Seekers: Guidelines to Improve Care", International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 3-11. https://doi.org/10.1108/17479894200800002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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