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Australian TV Documents Mental Harm Caused by Prolonged Immigration Detention | Care2 Causes

Australian TV Documents Mental Harm Caused by Prolonged Immigration Detention | Care2 Causes

An Australian current affairs show has lifted the lid on the mental damage done to asylum seekers locked up, usually in remote areas, for prolonged periods. You can watch the whole show here . The show exposed how medication prescribed to asylum seekers is being misused, teenagers placed at risk of sexual assault and how many cases of self-harm are going unreported, giving the public a false impression of conditions behind the wire. It asked: are people being damaged for life by such prolonged detention? Australia has a mandatory detention policy and most are held for a year, but a significant proportion can be held for much longer. Last year, the Australian Government announced that it would begin releasing children into the community to minimize the harm that they recognized was caused by their incarceration. About 800 have thus far been released. What one healthcare pro...

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