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2008 Survey Report: Access to Healthcare for Undocumented Migrants in 11 European Countries

This report takes a closer look at the access to healthcare for people without a residence permit. The report is based on the results of two complementary surveys gathered from 11 European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The results of both surveys show that living conditions of undocumented migrants in Europe are harmful to their health, even though many migrants have faced considerable health risks in their past, such as deprivation, armed conflict, physical and psychological violence and dangerous migration journeys. The report demonstrates that there are multiple barriers to healthcare, in relation to both treatment and prevention. In many cases, children do not have access to health care and almost a half of the pregnant women that were interviewed do not have access to antenatal care.


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