Health needs of refugee and asylum seeker women

The terms ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’ are often used interchangeably in conversation, but there is an important distinction between the two.

A refugee is someone whose asylum seeker status has been accepted and has been settled in a recipient country like Australia. On the other hand, asylum seekers have yet to have their refugee status determined.

Why the lesson in semantics? The difference between the two groups has enormous implications for their mental health. Sara Shishehgar is a PhD student at the University of technology Sydney. Sara spoke to Ninah Kopel about the health concerns of refugee and asylum seeker women.

Image: United Nations on Flickr.

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