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Letters Humanitarian paradox of the refugee crisis

Don’t forget the humanitarian paradox at home

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 08 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5866
  1. Andrew Moscrop, GP and clinical researcher
  1. Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
  1. andrewmoscrop{at}

van Tulleken talks of the humanitarian paradox,1 but let’s not overstate it—the efforts of healthcare providers do not always exacerbate the problem of refugee camps. The basic healthcare provided in refugee camps in Europe is unlikely to have attracted many of the 1.2 million people who arrived in 2015, most fleeing conflict zones.2 Nor …

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