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Lemmens, Paul and Dupont, Hans and Roosen, Inez (2017) Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees: an overview of the literature relating to drug use and access to services. Lisbon: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

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Unusually high numbers of migrants have moved to Europe in recent years, with about1.2 million people applying for asylum in the European Union in each of the years 2015 and 2016. Fears have been expressed that this group's health status and possible vulnerability to substance use will pose serious challenges to European drug treatment and general health policies. The available evidence is limited but suggests that rates of substance use are generally low among asylum seekers and migrants, although their diverse backgrounds make it difficult to paint a full picture of the situation regarding substance use and misuse among these groups. Risk and protective factors are identified. The paper suggests that substance misuse is not prioritised in delivering healthcare to newly arrived asylum seekers and access to mental health and addiction services for traumatised or otherwise mentally ill asylum seekers may be limited. Further information and research is needed to provide a clearer picture of the needs of new migrants and to enable development of tailored treatment and prevention efforts

 

Background paper commissioned by the EMCDDA for Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide

Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Harm reduction
Source
Date
October 2017
Pages
16 p.
Publisher
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication
Lisbon
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