Access to health care for migrants, ethnic minorities, and asylum seekers in Europe


A. E. Stanciole




Huber, M. & Stanciole, A. E. (2009). Access to Health Care for Migrants, Ethnic Minorities, and Asylum Seekers in Europe. Policy Brief 5/2009. Vienna: European Centre.


Poverty and social exclusion continue to be serious challenges across the European Union and for health systems in Member States. Migrants, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants are at high risk of poverty and social exclusion and there is evidence that they sometimes do not receive the care that best responds to their needs. Improved access to general health care, including also health promotion and prevention strategies, is therefore essential to minimising disadvantage for migrants. This Policy Brief outlines hurdles of access to health care for migrants and discusses policy implications.