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New report shows how the crisis in Europe and rising xenophobia limit health care of vulnerable groups
The organisation Doctors of the World launched a new report at its conference on “Access to health care in Europe in times of crisis and rising xenophobia” in Brussels on 9 April 2013.
PICUM's new report entitled “Protecting undocumented children: Promising policies and practices from governments”gathers practices in the areas of education, health care, protection from violence, and non-detention, alongside some available data and relevant policy documents at EU level.
Lilana Keith, Interim Programmes Director PICUM and Ewout van Ginneken, Senior Researcher, Berlin University of Technology discuss the introduction of a ‘health surcharge’ and proposals to charge undocumented migrants for emergency and primary care in the UK, underlining the likely negative impacts of further restricting access to health services for undocumented migrants on public health.
PICUM signed onto a statement calling for more action on mental health and recommending, among others, equal access to quality mental health care across Europe for everyone including all migrants, irrespective of residence status.