Refugee and asylum seeker health is important in the setting of increasing global forced migration, and the particular physical and mental health issues faced by these groups. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has identified refugee and asylum seeker health as a policy priority, recognising large refugee-background populations in Australia and New Zealand, increased asylum seeker boat arrivals to Australia during 2009–2013, the duration and impact of Australian immigration detention, and complex and changing Australian asylum policy. Key demographics of refugees and asylum seekers are shown in Box 1.
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