Study shows asylum children are depressed

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Children in asylum centres are often depressed, withdrawn and have nightmares regularly, say researchers.

6 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - A study by Groningen University on 50 families has revealed that children in asylum centres are often depressed. They are frightened, withdrawn and regularly have nightmares.

The researchers found that children often spent many years in cramped accommodation with their parents, without any privacy. Their main fear was that they be sent back to their country of origin.

The researchers say their situations are structurally poor and the Netherlands is failing to comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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