Letters Asylum seekers’ health needs

Inhumane starting point

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4696 (Published 27 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4696
  1. Frank W Arnold, clinical adviser, Medical Justice Network1
  1. 1London N7 7DT
  1. arnold_frank{at}hotmail.com

    Detention of “failed” asylum seekers for the administrative convenience of the UK Border Agency should only be for lawful removal from the UK and for the shortest possible time, but in practice it is indeterminate and can last for years.1

    Many detainees are eventually found to have been inappropriately detained and are allowed to remain in the UK because they risk persecution in their …

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