Introduction

The study of refugees as a population invites a multi-disciplinary approach because their very existence often is a result of history, politics, economics, conflict and, more recently, globalization; their protection is a matter of international, refugee, humanitarian, and human rights law; their settlement involves immigration, citizenship, and national sovereignty; and their long-term outcomes involve multi-sectoral collaboration between providers of education, health, and welfare. As a population, refugees are influenced directly by the culture of the countries of origin, the culture of conflict and instability, and the culture of the countries in which they resettle. This entry provides a brief overview of the health of the world's refugees. It covers the cultural issues affecting health and the provision of health care from conflict through to settlement. It also examines a range of cross-cultural approaches to the health of refugees in a number of countries.

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