MIGRATION & ASYLUM

Four in ten asylum seekers miss health check

Only four in ten asylum seekers go through a health control, shows a report from Sweden's Regions and Municipalities. Swedish law stipulates that a free check should be offered not only for the individual's health but to protect wider society from potential infectious diseases, reports newspaper DN.

The Swedish Centre for Disease Control believes several of the regions, which is the political level in Sweden which administers health care, have not prioritised the issue partly because information isn't shared by the different authorities who come in contact with asylum seekers.

Robert Jonzon, a researcher at the centre, tells DN, "This has nothing to do with the asylum seekers' lack of willingnenss to go through a health check. The problem is that the invitation to do so doesn't reach them or does not reach them in time before the allocated appointment. And that says something about systematic failures in this area."