A Hard Year for the Most Vulnerable

A trio of reports released yesterday highlight global issues connected to refugees, asylum seekers, and human trafficking:

Public Health Among Refugees: A difficult year was made even harder for the 16.5 million refugees in 50 countries supported by UNHCR, which added psychological distress due to COVID-19 to a long list of illnesses treated by its staff.
Takeaways from its Annual Public Health Global Review:

  • Mental health consultations accounted for 2% of outpatient consultations.
  • Malaria was the most common illness treated (20% of refugees).
  • Nearly 80,000 children aged 6 months to 5 years were treated for severe acute malnutrition.

The Quote: “Overall, a much larger investment is needed,” said UNHCR’s Sajjad Malik, according to The Sun in Nigeria.

The UK Queue: The number of people awaiting news on their asylum requests in the UK soared from 3,588 in 2010 to 33,016 in 2020, the BBC reports. The Home Office told the BBC it was planning the “most significant overhaul of our asylum system in decades.”

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