Persecution Of Refugees In The US

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According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are currently approximately 51.2 million involuntarily displaced individuals in the world (IRC, 2014). Many are displaced in some regions of the world more than others. Nearly 1 in 100 people worldwide are now displaced from their homes (Connor, 2016). Thousands of refugees have fled their home country due to the violence, disasters, and persecutions. The UN Refugee Agency defines a refugee as someone outside his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. According to…show more content…
Forced migration from diverse regions and refugee camp living can increase the risk of exposure to health risks and diseases. Many refugees can be exposed to communicable and noncommunicable diseases, injuries associated with work environments, and psychological problems (Carballo & Nerukar, 2012). Many refugees flee their own country to seek new opportunities and to obtain a better quality of life. They work very hard in order to provide for their families. Nowadays, many refugees are struggling to access healthcare in the United States and face healthcare challenges. This is an important issue that needs to be addressed because there can be possible misdiagnosis and medical mistakes. In addition many refugees and immigrants can misuse medical services such as using the emergency room. The patient may have a negative experience and will not trust the healthcare system. Many refugees encounter different barriers such as environmental, social and policy factors that affect their access to the Unites States healthcare…show more content…
A study done on healthcare barriers of refugees showed that that the gender of the health care provider was a big barrier. Female patients preferred to be attended by female health care providers. The study revealed that six of the eight female refugee participants and one male illustrated the importance of same sex care due to cultural and religious beliefs of some of the refugee populations (Morris et al.; 2009). Similarly, the cultural concept of medicine is different for the refugee individuals. Many of the new immigrants rely on homeopathic treatments and spiritual
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