Multiculturalism and Compassion: Responding to Mental Health Needs Among Refugees and Asylum Seekers; Comment on “A Crisis of Humanitarianism: Refugees at the Gates of Europe”

Document Type : Commentary


1 Center for Global Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

2 Medical School, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

3 Mental Health Foundation, London, UK


As Fotaki (2019) argues, the current political climate in Europe is threatening principles of humanitarianism, particularly among refugees and asylum seekers. This commentary builds on that argument, with a spotlight on mental health and culturally relevant service design. By addressing some of the barriers faced by refugees and asylum seekers in accessing mental healthcare, we can address inequalities and develop compassionate societies.


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Volume 8, Issue 12
December 2019
Pages 734-736
  • Receive Date: 15 July 2019
  • Revise Date: 10 September 2019
  • Accept Date: 11 September 2019
  • First Publish Date: 01 December 2019