Refugees, Immigrants and HIV/AIDS

  • AKM Ahsan Ullah
  • Ahmed Shafiqul Huque


This chapter offers an overview of the global pattern, flow, magnitude of the refugees and HIV/AIDS pandemic and outlines the main argument, research problem and questions. It reviews global data on refugees, the identification and transmission of the HIV/AIDS virus and consequent impacts. The pandemic has spread rapidly worldwide, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the UNAIDS, 47.5 million people in the world were living with HIV/AIDS in 2010. Globally, it appears that refugee populations are heavily affected by this pandemic that so far has claimed, and continues to claim, millions of lives and caused suffering to many people and their communities.

The growing number of refugees has become a matter of global concern. At present, refugees from any country are entitled to seek protection in one of the 147 countries which are party to the 1951 Refugee Convention. Refugee status is important for the rights it bestows under international law. A refugee is entitled to reside, at least temporarily, in the host country and is protected by the principle of non-refoulement. Host states are obliged to offer civil and economic rights, and refugees enjoy access to social services and protection of national laws. This chapter also sets out the objectives of this book and outlines the content of all the chapters to highlight the common theme.


Sexual Orientation Asylum Seeker South Asian Woman Great Stigmatization Refugee Claimant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • AKM Ahsan Ullah
    • 1
  • Ahmed Shafiqul Huque
    • 2
  1. 1.Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)Bandar Seri BegawanBrunei Darussalam
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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