Supporting doctors who are refugees or asylum Seekers
Medical students have a part to play
- By: Sallie Nicholas
Refugees and asylum seekers have had a lot of bad press, so it is time to make sure that there is some good news. With the right resources, refugee doctors could be one of those “good news” stories.
Among the thousands each month1 who claim asylum in Britain each month and the much smaller numbers eventually given leave to remain there are many highly qualified professionals. These include doctors, who have to contend not only with the loss of country, family, and friends, but also with the loss of livelihood and professional status. The transition from life as a respected professional to life on the poverty line in astrange country is hard. No one is sure how many refugee doctors there are in Britain, but estimates have ranged from 500 to 2000, with large concentrations in London and some other major cities.
Whatever some politicians and journalists may think, refugee