Upon Rejection: Psychiatric Emergencies of Failed Asylum Seekers

Author(s) : Georgios Schoretsanitis, Dinesh Bhugra, Sarah Eisenhardt, Meret E. Ricklin, David S. Srivastava, Aristomenis Exadaktylos, Sebastian Walther

Source : https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15071498

Abstract:

« The status of a refugee or asylum seeker is only recognised after legal processes. The uncertainty of these procedures or the rejection itself may severely impact mental well-being. We surveyed the patterns of psychiatric services used by patients whose applications for asylum had been rejected. In a retrospective investigation of admissions to the University Emergency Department in Bern, Switzerland between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2017, we studied patients receiving a psychiatric consultation after their applications had been rejected. The primary endpoint was based on the comparison of these individuals with controls who were asylum seekers with pending asylum applications using the Mann-Whitney U test and the chi-square test. »

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