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Migrants in Europe are losing out on care they are entitled to

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 24 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3895
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    Most migrants do not come to Europe to benefit from the continent’s health and welfare systems, says a new report by the Médecins du Monde European Observatory on Access to Health Care.

    The report, which is based on a survey of 1218 adults without a residence permit (“undocumented migrants”) and on 93 interviews conducted in 2008, notes that only 6% of undocumented migrants cited health as one of their reasons for coming to Europe. The majority were fleeing poverty, danger, or restrictions on their freedom.

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