Four in 10 of the Syrian nationals granted refugee status in the Netherlands have psychiatric problems, according to new research into the experiences of 44,000 Syrians who came to the Netherlands in the 18 months to July 2016.
Their problems largely derive from their experiences while escaping from Syria – some 80% reached the Netherlands by land or by sea and took an average of one year to get here, the SCP report said.
Three-quarters were victims of abuse or blackmail and a large number were shipwrecked. The majority also built up considerable debts to the people who smuggled them in.
There have been several recent incidents in the Netherlands involving Syrian refugees.