Migration and health: fact, fiction, art, politics.

Tam, CC; (2006) Migration and health: fact, fiction, art, politics. Emerg Themes Epidemiol, 3. p. 15. ISSN 1742-7622 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1742-7622-3-15

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ABSTRACT: The recent Immigration Bill debate in the United States Congress has again re-ignited the polemic regarding immigration policy. In this essay, I argue that disputes surrounding the legality of migrant workers highlight chronic, underlying problems related to factors that drive migration. The public health field, although concerned primarily with addressing the health needs of migrant populations, cannot remain disengaged from the wider debates about migration. The health needs of migrants, although in themselves important, are merely symptoms of deeper structural process that are intrinsically linked to equity and human rights, and simply focusing on health issues will be insufficient to address these societal pathologies.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 17014732
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/10848


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