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Mental health issues common among refugees

Published torsdag 10 november 2016 kl 10.38
Professor: Rates of depression and anxiety are at least three times higher
(3:54 min)
The study looked at 1,215 newly arrived immigrants from Syria and 173 asylum seekers from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia.
The study looked at 1,215 newly arrived immigrants from Syria and 173 asylum seekers from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia. Credit: Maja Suslin / TT.

A study from the Red Cross has found a high incidence of mental health problems among newly arrived immigrants and refugees, especially those from war-torn Syria.

One in three newly-arrived refugees from Syria suffers from depression or anxiety, and an equal amount of people describe PTSD symptoms.

"Compared to the general population, the rates of at least depression and anxiety and lack of well-being are at least three times higher,” Fredrik Saboonchi, professor of public health science at the Red Cross University College told Radio Sweden.

"The instances that offer professional help and rehabilitation and clinical support to refugees currently do not have enough resources," Saboonchi said, adding that he hoped the study would help raise the issue of how to improve the situation for refugees and asylum seekers.

The study, which was carried out by the Swedish Red Cross and the Red Cross University Hospital, included a total of 1,388 newly-arrived immigrants and refugees from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia.

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