Sophie Arie, journalist, London
What healthcare are migrants given on arrival by boat?
On arrival by sea, migrants are usually sunburnt, dehydrated, and exhausted. Often, those who paid less than others or of nationalities considered inferior by the human traffickers who operate the boats are locked below deck throughout the journey and come close to suffocation.
All migrants are given water and a health check immediately. Those requiring emergency care are quickly identified and taken to the nearest hospital.
Some have injuries or trauma from earlier stages of their journey. For example…
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