The project contributes to enhancing the European Union population’s health, by improving asylum seekers’ and undocumented migrants’ access to health care. Médecins du Monde (MdM) aims at documenting asylum seekers and undocumented migrants’ access to health care in the EU. MdM also seeks to promote these populations’ right to access health care on equal terms with nationals, and a right to protection against deportation for seriously ill foreigners.
The project is strategically relevant in the EU context since it is matching the joint program of the German, Portuguese and Slovenian presidencies (2007-2008), which has planned to examine the disadvantaged situation of migrants in terms of access to health care. Besides, the Portuguese National Institute of Health has selected the MdM European Observatory on Access to Health Care and MdM mobilisation work as a best practice for its “Health and Migration” Conference project, funded by the Community Action in the Field of Public Health in 2006.
To achieve its objectives, the project proposes to create an NGO network covering 19 EU Member States, which will carry out research, field surveys, and awareness raising activities at national and EU levels. By doing this, the network intends to improve knowledge on the issue of migrants’ access to healthcare, as well as to convince policy-makers of the necessity of a policy change in the EU, aimed at improving asylum seekers’ and undocumented migrants’ access to healthcare.
The project will set up a European NGOs network (covering 19 EU member states) aimed at improving knowledge and sensitisation on foreigners’ access to health care and seriously ill foreigners’ protection against deportation in the EU. It will produce a comparative study on the EU and Member State’s political trends and legislations on migrants’ access to health care. Furthermore the project will perform and publish a survey on asylum seekers` and undocumented migrants’ effective access to health care in the European Union is published. The project will create an awareness about the project’s message is created amongst European and national policy-makers concerned and public health professionals.