Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access

The Mental Health Implications of Britain's Conservative Party Immigration Plan

Nicholas G. Procter

Abstract


This paper examines mental health issues surrounding Tory Party plans to radically change Britains' immigration laws making the processes attendant upon seeking asylum tougher for those who try. By looking beyond taken-forgranted assumptions associated with refugees and asylum seeking, a number of questions emerge from the Tory Party Plans. The mental health implications of the Tory Party plan for mandatory detention and processing according to quota rather than need are that individual suffering of asylum seekers is likely to be detrimental to individual mental health and well-being.

Keywords


immigration law; asylum; mental health; Britain

Full Text:

PDF

References


Ashford, K. (2003) “Seeking trust in asylum”, The Adelaide Review, November, pp.2-3.

Australian Health Ministers (2003) National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008. Canberra: Australian Government.

Cantor, C., Neulinger, K., Roth, J. & Spinks, D. (2000) “The epidemiology of suicide and attempted suicide among young Australians”, In: Setting the Evidence Based Research Agenda for Australia: A literature Review. National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, pp. 1-112. Canberra: Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, Commonwealth of Australia.

Dudley, M. (2003) “Contradictory Australian national policies on self harm and suicide: the case of asylum seekers in mandatory detention”, Australasian Psychiatry, 11: (Supplement) pp.102-108.

[CrossRef]

Ellis, P. (2004) “Australian and New Zealand practice guidelines for the treatment of depression”, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38:389-407.

[CrossRef]

Herlihy, J., Scragg, P. and Turner, S. (2002) “Discrepancies in autobiographical memory - implications for the assessment of asylum seekers: repeated interviews study”, British Medical Journal, 324: 324-7.

[CrossRef]

Howard unveils Tory asylum plans BBC News - UK Edition Monday January 24 2005. Available from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4200761.stm (accessed online January 26 2005) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4200761.stm

Howard, M (2005) Firm but fair immigration controls. Speech at Conservative Campaign Headquarters Monday January 24 2005. Available from http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=news.story.pag e&obj_id=119004&speeches=1 (accessed online January 26 2005). http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=news.story.pag

Keller, A.S., Rosenfeld, B., Trinh-Shevrin, C., Meserve, C., Sachs, E., Leviss, J.A., Singer, E., Smith, H., Wilkinson, J., Kim, K., Allden, K., and Ford, D. (2003) “Mental health of detained asylum seekers”, Lancet, 362:1721-1723.

[CrossRef]

Lonnqvist, J.K. (2000) “Psychiatric aspects of suicidal behaviour: Depression”, In: K. Hawton and K. van Heeringen, eds. The International Handbook of Suicide and Attempted Suicide, pp.107-120. New York, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Mc Lennan, W. (1998) Mental Health and Wellbeing: Profile of Adults. Australia. Canberra: Australian Beureau of Statistics.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia (2004) “Framework for the Implementation of the National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008”, in Multicultural Australia. Canberra: Australian Government.

Procter, N.G. (2004) “Support for Temporary Protection Visa holders: Partnering individual mental health support and migration law consultation”, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 11: 110-112.

Silove, D., Steel, Z., and Mollica, R. (2001) “Detention of asylum seekers: assault on health, human rights, and social development”, Lancet, 357: 1436-37.

[CrossRef]

Steel, Z., Momartin, S., Bateman, C., Hafshejani, A., Silove, D., Everson, N., Roy, K., Dudley, M., Newman, L., Blick, B. and Mares, S. (2004) “Psychiatric status of asylum seeker families held for a protracted period in a remote detention centre in Australia”, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 28: 527-536.

[CrossRef]

Sultan, A. and O' Sullivan, K. (2001) “Psychological disturbances in asylum seekers held in long term detention: a participant observer account”, Medical Journal of Australia, 175: 593-6.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Transnational Press London

Copyright © 2003-2016 Migration Letters / Transnational Press London | All rights reserved | Contact Us
TRANSNATIONAL PRESS LONDON LTD. IS A COMPANY REGISTERED IN ENGLAND AND WALES No. 8771684.