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Refugees: Sitting at the Nexus of Law Enforcement and Public Health


Egan-Vine, P and Bartkowiak-Theron, I and Julian, R, Refugees: Sitting at the Nexus of Law Enforcement and Public Health, Law Enforcement and Public Health: Partners for Community Safety and Wellbeing, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, I Bartkowiak-Theron, J Clover, D Martin, RF Southby and N Crofts (ed), Switzerland, pp. 187-200. ISBN 9783030839123 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-83913-0_13


Few groups struggle more, at the intersection of law enforcement and public health, than refugees. With a significant increase internationally in numbers of refugees over recent years, debates have focused on their rights to safety and access to medical services. These discussions, while often being very heated, fail to address the mental health and social justice issues that people with refugee background face when encountering law enforcement matters, whether during their journey or after their resettlement. We will argue that significant fear of police generally impacts significantly on their ability to seek help from police or to access public health services. Over time, when unaddressed, these issues can create an avalanche of difficulties. We argue that, regardless of which country is hosting those forced to flee their country of origin, the responsibility to protect and promote the health lies in de-stigmatised and more considered responses by the whole government. So far most responses have failed to abide by the International health regulations to which most countries are signatories.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:police, vulnerability, policing, law enforcement, vulnerable people, refugees
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Bartkowiak-Theron, I (Associate Professor Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron)
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
ID Code:145832
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-08-06
Last Modified:2022-07-15

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