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Death, Dying, and Social Differences$
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David Oliviere, Barbara Monroe, and Sheila Payne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.001.0001

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Asylum seekers and refugees

Asylum seekers and refugees

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(p.166) Chapter 17 Asylum seekers and refugees
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Death, Dying, and Social Differences
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Nigel G. J. Dodds

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.003.0052

This chapter highlights the distinct needs of asylum seekers and refugees. Despite sharing a label given by the international community distinguishing these groups from others in this book, asylum seekers and refugees are not a homogenous group and as individuals do not necessarily share a similar set of clearly defined needs. Whilst not excluded by law, it is clear that asylum seekers and refugees continue to experience some degree of social exclusion. There is evidence that members of all ethnic minority groups are rarely afforded the access to specialist palliative care that they require. Additionally, explicit and less obvious racism can result in inequalities for black and ethnic minority groups in the health care system and is likely to impact on their experience of health care.

Keywords:   palliative care, end of life care, racism, health inequality, social exclusion

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