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date: 18 January 2018

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This chapter focuses on the health status of forced migrants, with an emphasis on the lived experience of refugees and other internally displaced persons (IDPs). It first considers health needs and provision in the context of complex humanitarian crises and the health challenges posed by the conditions of refugee and IDP camps. It then examines the role of the state in providing health services for forced migrants. Furthermore, it assesses the forces shaping the health of refugees in countries of asylum and resettlement, with an emphasis on the evidence regarding the so-called ‘healthy migrant’ effect, as well as the mental health needs of refugee populations.

Keywords: health, forced migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons, humanitarian crises, health services, asylum, resettlement, healthy migrant effect, mental health

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