Migration, Health and Inequality

Edited by Felicity Thomas and Jasmine Gideon


An in-depth exploration of why many migrants suffer from low levels of health relative to their host population.
Should migrants have the same rights as citizens to health care services? What do we mean by rights and by health? And how do we uphold such rights when diasporic networks provide a diversity of opportunities and constraints for people seeking to maintain or restore their health?

Answering these pressing questions, this book highlights recent developments in the areas of migration, human rights and health from a range of countries. Looking at diverse health issues, from HIV to reproductive and maternal health, and a variety of forms of migration, including asylum seeking, labour migration and trafficking, this timely volume exposes the factors that contribute to the vulnerability of different mobile groups as they seek to uphold their wellbeing.

Migration, Health and Inequality argues that we need to look beyond host country responses and biomedical frameworks and include both the role of transnational health networks and indigenous, popular or lay ideas about health when trying to understand why many migrants suffer from low levels of health relative to their host population. Offering a broad range of linkages between migrant agency, transnationalism and diaspora mechanisms, this unique collection also looks at the impact of migrant health on the health and rights of those communities that are left behind.

Author Bio

Dr. Felicity Thomas is a lecturer at the University of Exeter and a research associate at the University of Sussex.

Dr. Jasmine Gideon is a lecturer in development studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction - Felicity Thomas and Jasmine Gideon
  • 1. Context and perspectives: who migrates and what are the risks? - Mary Haour-Knipe
  • 2. Impact on and use of health services by new migrants in Europe - Sally Hargreaves and Jon S. Friedland
  • 3. Do migrants have an enforceable right to healthcare in international human rights law? - Sue Willman
  • 4. International health worker migration: global inequality and the right to health - Rebecca Shah
  • 5. Socioeconomic vulnerability and its association with access to healthcare among immigrants in Chile - Bàltica Cabieses and Helena Tunstall
  • 6. Unaccompanied young people seeking asylum in the UK: mental health and rights - Elaine Chase
  • 7. Healthcare for trafficked migrants: UK policy 2000-10 and consequences for access - Siân Oram
  • 8. Vulnerable migrant women and charging for maternity care in the UK: advocating change - Rosalind Bragg
  • 9. Multiple medicaments: looking beyond structural inequalities in migrant healthcare - Felicity Thomas
  • 10. Harnessing 'diasporic' medical mobilities - Meghann Ormond
  • 11. Access versus entitlements: the health seeking for Latin American migrants in London - Jasmine Gideon
  • 12. Wellbeing and community self-help: Turkish-speaking women in London - Eleni Hatzidimitriadou and S. Gülfem Çakir


'This landmark volume sets out to examine fundamental questions of health and inequality. It provides essential reading for all interested in migration and health.'
Peter Aggleton, The University of New South Wales, Australia

'A collection of thought provoking and engagingly written selections, the book provides a nuanced, multi-layered examination of migrants' right to health. An important read for researchers, policymakers and service providers.'
Denise L. Spitzer, Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration and Health, University of Ottawa

'This wide-ranging book represents an excellent source for understanding migrant health inequalities and the associated human rights challenges.'
Katie Willis, Royal Holloway, University of London


Publication Date: 10 January 2013
224 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781780321240
Hardback: 9781780321257
eBook ePub: 9781780324265
eBook PDF: 9781780324258
eBook Kindle: 9781780325026

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