Health care

United Kingdom

Country Report: Health care Last updated: 14/03/22


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The entitlement to health care is not affected in law for refugees and beneficiaries of humanitarian protection but in practice there can be difficulties. Although not required in law, registering with a GP practice for primary care often asks for proof of address; if a refugee has moved from asylum support accommodation it may be difficult to obtain this.

Specialist medical support for refugees is patchy; waiting list for mental health services in particular can be long. The issues in practice are very similar for refugees to those faced by asylum seekers, despite the difference in status.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection