PICUM (2017). Cities of Rights: Ensuring Health Care for Undocumented Residents.

Citation: PICUM (2017). Cities of Rights: Ensuring Health Care for Undocumented Residents. Brussels: Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants. 


Abstract/Description: Across Europe, people who are undocumented have great difficulty accessing health systems. Sometimes this is because of cost barriers, or barriers stemming from services being poorly adapted to the needs of diverse populations; sometimes because of policies designed to restrict migrants’ use of public services. In the midst of a highly restrictive legal environment nationally, a growing number of cities and regions have taken steps, for both principled and pragmatic reasons, to address the shortfall between the aspiration of universality and the reality for millions excluded from the public health system because of their migration status. Using whatever authority they have to legislate or otherwise act in the field of health policy or delivery, including as funders, cities and regions are supporting initiatives that facilitate improved access to basic services for their undocumented residents.


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