Health Care in NowHereland - Improving Services for Undocumented Migrants in the EU
Undocumented migrants (UDM), estimated to cover up to 15% of all migrants in the EU, are a relevant and complex challenge for European public health and health care.
UDM are vulnerable groups with high health risks also threatening public health (HIV, TBC, etc.). Service provision for UDM is precarious due to e.g. late contact, language, no entitlement, uncertain legal/financial frameworks. Health policy has to deal with contradictory aims and criteria from public health, human rights, security and law enforcement policies.
The project will improve knowledge to manage these complex problems by collecting existing practice in health policy and health services in the EU. It will identify transferable good practices optimizing between criteria of quality of care, stress reduction for providers, and avoidance of attraction for clandestine migration. Perspectives of policy, providers and clients will be included in assessments of needs, strategies and problems.
Thus, the project aims at improving the level of health protection for the people of Europe by addressing migrants’ and immigrants’ access, quality and appropriateness of health and social services as important wider determinants for health, focusing on health care services for undocumented migrants (UDM) as an especially vulnerable group, an increasing public health risk and a group providing difficulties for health care providers and health policy.