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Good practices in migrant health: the European experience

Mladovsky, Philipa ORCID: 0000-0001-7761-6928, Ingleby, David, Rechel, Bernd and McKee, Martin (2012) Good practices in migrant health: the European experience. Clinical Medicine, 12 (3). 248 - 252. ISSN 1470-2118

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Identification Number: 10.7861/clinmedicine.12-3-248


Migrants comprise a growing proportion of European populations. Although many are healthy, those who do need healthcare often face barriers and the care they receive may be inappropriate to their needs. This paper summarises good practices identified in a review of health services for migrants in Europe. Governments should ensure that migrants are entitled to health services, that the services are appropriate to their needs and that data systems are in place to monitor utilisation and detect inequities. Health services should adopt a 'whole organisation approach', in which cultural competence is viewed as much as a task for organisations as for individuals. Health workers should take steps to overcome language, social and cultural barriers to care. In each case, existing examples of good practice are provided. At a time when support is growing in some countries for political parties pursuing anti immigrant agendas and governments in all countries are pursuing austerity policies, there is a greater need than ever for the public health community to ensure that migrants have access to services that are effective and responsive to their needs.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 Royal College of Physicians
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2012 13:46
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 00:39

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