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One of the biggest challenges for refugees anywhere is finding a doctor.Displaced doctors are better able to treat refugee patients' ailments.Retraining a refugee doctor is cheaper and faster than educating a new medical student.Doctors who understand refugees emotionally and culturally are better equipped to put patients at ease.Britain is not alone in recognizing the potential of refugee doctors. In Lebanon and Jordan, for example, where more than 1.6 million registered Syrian refugees currently live, efforts to allow Syrian doctors to care for refugee patients have been criminalized.Two dimensions of the issue must be addressed if refugee patients are ever to be properly cared for and refugee doctors properly deployed.For refugee doctors relocating to countries where LGBTI health and rights are recognized, integration curricula should include training on LGBTI health, particularly the rights of exceptionally vulnerable LGBTI refugees.Empowering refugee doctors to become part of the solution will help overcome entrenched dogmas toward refugee diversity and social identities.
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