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How Asylum seekers in sweden have to wait for long for a health check

Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Only four out of ten asylum seekers arriving in Sweden receives a health examination, the statistics from the Swedish municipalities and county councils show.

Radio Sweden reports that few of these immigrants are investigated, as well as the fact that waiting time for them to be processed in too long as some people wait in some cases up to six months or more.

Under Swedish law county must offer asylum seekers free health assessment on arrival in Sweden. The checks are important both for the individual, and from a societal perspective, particularly related to the spread of infectious disease and such controls.

Also that the delay is due to the fact that Infectious Diseases Institute of the several counties do not prioritize the issue, partly because of poor transfer of information between the various authorities dealing with the cases.

Robert Jonzon is a researcher at the Infectious Diseases Institute and has for years identified works carried out by county medical screening of asylum seekers. He has been in several counties and has found that waiting times are up to six months and sometimes more.

“It is not the asylum seekers' reluctance or unwillingness to actually undergo a medical examination that is the problem. The problem is that the invitation does not reach them and that they do not receive this invitation in time. And it says something about the systemic failures in context, says Robert Jonzon to radio Sweden.
By Scancomark.se Team



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