Sanctuary seekers and health professionals in Wales call for accessible health and wellbeing services for all – new report

In 2018, several organisations came together to form a research collective in order to find out how accessible healthcare services are for those seeking sanctuary in Wales. A mixed-method study revealed the main 5 barriers that prevent sanctuary seekers from seeking or receiving adequate healthcare, which you can read all about here on the Public Health Wales website. 


We would like to thank Public Health Wales for commissioning DPIA to be one of the partners in this research, as well the following: 


  • The peer researchers who kindly volunteered to conduct the survey with their peers in the sanctuary seeking community  
  • Swansea University Medical School 
  • British Red Cross
  • Welsh Refugee Council 
  • EYST
  • PRIME Centre Wales
  • All those healthcare practitioners who took part in the survey 
  • Rebecca Scott and Melody Rhydderch for the incredibly hard work and commitment that they put into the study on behalf of DPIA 
  • And, of course, all those sanctuary seekers who took the time to speak with their peers about their experiences of healthcare in Wales 

DPIA will, in due course, make comment on the specifics of the report. Until then, we hope that this may serve as a catalyst for change in Wales and the rest of the UK.