Migration dermatology: an issue to consider?

Migration dermatology: an issue to consider? EditorThe recent waves of migration across Europe have resulted in a rapid change in the patient population in many major cities in Europe, affecting the demand for health care and specifically dermatological care, as highlighted recently in an editorial of this journal. The psychosocial burden of the migrant population is often considerable, with stressful living conditions and reduced access to health care; however, there is still little research on the health of migrant populations, probably because of methodological challenges and the lack of international consensus on the definition of migration status. Literature on migration and dermatology is scarce; however, it was estimated that approximately 20% of all diagnoses made among recent migrants in Malta and in Sicily were of skin diseases. In Sweden, nearly 460 000 people sought asylum between 2009 and 2016, with a peak in 2015 (http://www.scb.se/en). Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and has received 33% of all asylum‐seekers in Sweden and today 32% of the population of Malmö are ‘foreign‐born’, compared to 18% in the rest of the country. The high number of migrants has resulted in an increase in the ‘foreign‐born’ patient population cared for by the health service. We wished to find http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology Wiley
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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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Copyright © 2018 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
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0926-9959
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1468-3083
D.O.I.
10.1111/jdv.14623
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Abstract

EditorThe recent waves of migration across Europe have resulted in a rapid change in the patient population in many major cities in Europe, affecting the demand for health care and specifically dermatological care, as highlighted recently in an editorial of this journal. The psychosocial burden of the migrant population is often considerable, with stressful living conditions and reduced access to health care; however, there is still little research on the health of migrant populations, probably because of methodological challenges and the lack of international consensus on the definition of migration status. Literature on migration and dermatology is scarce; however, it was estimated that approximately 20% of all diagnoses made among recent migrants in Malta and in Sicily were of skin diseases. In Sweden, nearly 460 000 people sought asylum between 2009 and 2016, with a peak in 2015 (http://www.scb.se/en). Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and has received 33% of all asylum‐seekers in Sweden and today 32% of the population of Malmö are ‘foreign‐born’, compared to 18% in the rest of the country. The high number of migrants has resulted in an increase in the ‘foreign‐born’ patient population cared for by the health service. We wished to find

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Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & VenereologyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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