Trauma and abuse in a refugee's country of origin, as in many parts of the world, can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which affects the way that refugees may view the country or region that they are living in. PTSD is a psychological condition that can result from a traumatic event. Common symptoms include intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares and emotional numbing.
Although more than one in five U.S. women aged 45 years and older were foreign-born, only 1 in 10 had health insurance, and even among the elderly, more than half were uninsured and uninsured rates among those aged 65 years and older were more than twice as high as rates for native-born elderly. The nation’s residents of color, particularly those with low incomes, are more likely to lack health insurance and receive lower quality care. The number of uninsured children rose from 5.4 million in 2015 to 6.1 million in 2016, the highest percentage increase in the past four years.
Between 2005 and 2013, the United States received more than 10,000 asylum applications from Syria per year. The most common reasons for asylum were: (1) fear of persecution by the government; (2) political persecution; (3) persecution on account of membership in a particular social group; and (4) no adequate legal alternatives to the applicant's situation. A New York Times report 827ec27edc