JOINT STATEMENT - Access to Health Care is a basic human right

Joint Civil Society Statement on Access to Health Care Services for Undocumented Migrants in Spain

On April 20, 2012, the Spanish government issued a Royal Decree-Act which among other measures restricts the level of health care access for irregular migrants stipulated in the Foreigners Act (Ley de Extranjería). The current Foreigners Act establishes that irregular migrants registered at the municipality are entitled to access health care under the same conditions as nationals of the country. The proposed new legislation would limit access to vital health care services for irregular migrants in Spain to emergency care, maternity and child care only.

We oppose the article 3 ter. of Section I of the Royal Decree-Act 16/2012, which denies undocumented migrants the right to access healthcare services.

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