Mental health and trauma in asylum seekers landing in Sicily in 2015: a descriptive study of neglected invisible wounds

by Anna Crepet, Francesco Rita, Anthony Reid et al.
Conflict and Health, 2017 11:1 – Published: 13 January 2017

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In 2015, Italy was the second most common point of entry for asylum seekers into Europe after Greece. Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), in agreement with the Italian Ministry of Health, provided mental health (MH) assessment and care for recently-landed asylum seekers (ASs) in Sicily. The authors conclude that MH conditions, potentially traumatic events and post-migratory living difficulties are commonly experienced by recently-arrived ASs. This study suggests that mental health and psychosocial support and improved living circumstances should be integrated into European medical and social services provided by authorities in order to fulfil their humanitarian responsibility and reduce the burden of assimilation on receiving countries.

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