Health of international migrants in an irregular situation: a narrative review of initiatives

Authors

  • Daniel Larenas-Rosa Programa de Estudios Sociales en Salud, Instituto de Ciencias e Innovación en Medicina, Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo. Santiago, Chile; Departamento de Fonoaudiología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile. Santiago, Chile. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8142-0426
  • Báltica Cabieses Valdés Programa de Estudios Sociales en Salud, Instituto de Ciencias e Innovación en Medicina, Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo. Santiago, Chile; Department of Health Sciences, University of York. England, United Kingdom. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0756-1954

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2019.363.4469

Keywords:

Undocumented immigrants, International migration, Emigrants and immigrants, Access to health care, Health policy

Abstract

The population of international migrants in an irregular situation (IMIS) often finds itself in a condition of particular vulnerability that has an impact on its health. Additionally to this, these migrants face multiple barriers that hinder or even impede their access to health services. This review aims at identifying and describing initiatives that address access to health services in the IMIS population. To this end, a narrative review was conducted in PubMed, Embase, Health Systems Evidence, Cochrane, LILACS, and Scielo, between July and August of 2017. Seven hundred and eighty-seven (787) articles were found, of which 26 have been included, accounting for 31 initiatives. Most of these initiatives are located in North America (61%), South-East Asia (10%), and Northern Europe (10%). They refer mostly to primary (48%) and tertiary (52%) services; urgency/emergency services (39%); provide administrative (65%) and financial accessibility (45%); and respond to needs at the “destination” stage of the migration process (97%). It can be concluded that there are several initiatives that deal with the problems faced by the IMIS population in terms of access to healthcare services. However, no initiatives were found aimed at rehabilitation and sexual health; contact and quality, gender perspective, and cultural competence in health.

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Published

2019-08-19

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How to Cite

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Larenas-Rosa D, Cabieses Valdés B. Health of international migrants in an irregular situation: a narrative review of initiatives. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2019 Aug. 19 [cited 2024 May 23];36(3):487-96. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/4469

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