Migrant health policy: The Portuguese and Spanish EU Presidencies

Author/s: María-José Peiro, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict
Language: English
Publication Type: Scientific Report (Journal)(External)

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Health is essential to migrants’ wellbeing and contribution to society. The European Union, European governments and the international community are progressively recognising this link and attempting to address the negative socioeconomic determinants of health which disproportionately affect migrant populations. At the EU level, attention to migrants’ health has been framed by two EU Presidencies, the Portuguese in 2007 and the Spanish in 2010. This article reviews the migrant health policy context, marked by the momentum provided by these two Presidencies, as well as by landmarks set by high-level events and key documents both at EU and global levels. It ends by presenting the emerging migrant health priorities in Europe.