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Holland is criticised for the way it deported a mentally ill asylum seeker

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1163
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Dutch medical and human rights organisations have criticised the country's immigration service after a failed asylum seeker with schizophrenia committed suicide days after his deportation.

    Andrej Donorov, 34, a Ukrainian, had been treated for the condition since he first sought asylum in the Netherlands in 2001. He had previously entered the European Union through Spain on a tourist visa.

    Doctors advising the Dutch immigration service said he could be deported back to Spain only if there was a “thorough transfer of medical information.”

    In 2003 he was deported without medical notes, in handcuffs and without medical help on his journey. On arrival he was …

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