Informal International Border Crossing, Refugee and Illegal Migrant Workers: Issue in Travel Medicine

Document Type : Letter to Editor


1 Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

2 Dr DY Patil University, Pune, India

3 Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia


International borders are important interim areas around the world. The junctional areas between countries are usually where control is required. Travel across international borders means crossing from one into another country, and legal control is usually required. Nevertheless, due to long international lines, informal border crossings are commonly carried out by the local people. Sometimes this can be a big problem in travel medicine. Two groups of people performing informal international border crossings are refugees and illegal migrant workers. There are many reports regarding the health statuses of those who have informally crossed international borders, and this is an interesting issue in travel medicine ... (Read more...)

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