, Volume 164, Issue 9, pp 535-538
Date: 24 May 2005

Refugee children—a concern for European paediatricians

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Many refugees, about 33% of them children, come to Europe from several different countries. Their somatic state of health is sometimes impaired and they have often been exposed to persecution, war and atrocities with consequences for their psychological health status. The period of application for asylum is often long and strenuous, both socially and psychologically. Their needs are often disregarded. Acccording to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Europan paediatricians should take it as their responsibility to provide health care for them at the same level as that for children of the host country.

Prepared for the Ethics Working Group of the Confederation of European Specialists in Paediatrics (CESP). This paper was prepared in co-operation with the following members of the CESP Ethics Working Group: Ronald Kurz, Dennis Gill, Francis Crawford, and Milena Lo Giudice.