Public health aspects of migrant health: a review of the evidence on health status for undocumented migrants in the European Region

by Elisabetta De Vito, Chiara de Waure, Maria Lucia Specchia et al.
Health Evidence Network Synthesis Reports 42
WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, 2015

49 pp. 1.2 MB
http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/289255/WHO-HEN-Report-A5-
3-Undocumented_FINAL-rev1.pdf
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Undocumented migrants are people within a country without the necessary documents and permits. They are considered at higher risk for health problems because of their irregular status and the consequences of economic and social marginalization. Undocumented migrants mostly have only access to emergency care across Europe, and even in the countries where they are fully entitled to health care, formal and informal barriers hinder their access. This raises concerns for both public health and migrant care. On the basis of findings, policy options are suggested regarding data collection, research, entitlement to health care, information and communication, training and intersectoral approaches.

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