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Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Healthcare for Migrants

Perspectives from the UK and Germany, 1st Edition

Edited by Katja Kuehlmeyer, Corinna Klingler, Richard Huxtable


290 pages

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Numerous important issues arise in relation to the health of, and healthcare for (and by), migrants. Much commentary on the migrant crisis and healthcare has focused on the allocation of resources, with less discussion of the needs of, and provision for, migrants. Presenting a comparative perspective on the UK and Germany, this volume increases knowledge of a broad spectrum of challenges in healthcare provision for migrants.

‘Migration’ is deliberately understood in its broadest sense and includes not only migrant patients but also migrant healthcare professionals. The book’s content is diverse, with insights from healthcare ethics, healthcare law, along with clinical perspectives as well as perspectives from the social sciences. The collection provides normative reflections on current issues, and presents data from empirical studies. By informing researchers, politicians and healthcare practitioners about approaches to challenges arising in healthcare provision for migrants, the collection seeks to inform the development of adequate and ethically appropriate strategies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Healthcare for Migrants: Perspectives from the UK and Germany - Katja Kuehlmeyer, Corinna Klingler and Richard Huxtable

I. Migrants‘ Health in Germany and the UK

1. Health of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Germany: Reflecting on Normative Agendas - Oliver Razum and Judith Wenner

2. The Health of Migrants in the UK: Evidence and Implications for Healthcare - Hiranthi Jayaweera

3. Bearing Witness: Observations of the Health of People without Access to the Regular Healthcare System in Médecins du Monde’s Healthcare and Advocacy Programmes in London and Munich - Lucy Jones, Anna Miller, Sabine Fürst, Carolin Bader and Lea Gelfert

4. Dynamics of informal exclusion: Migrants’ Health as experienced in the City Lab Bochum - Christiane Falge

II. Migrants’ Access to Healthcare

5. Migrants‘ Right to Health in International and European Human Rights Law: Can it still Unfold its Integrative Dynamic in an Era of Restrictive Immigration Policies? - Amrei Müller

6. Entitlements to Social Health Benefits for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Germany - Markus Kaltenborn

7. Access and Entitlements for Migrants and Visitors to the UK in the English National Health Service - Sarah Steele and Cormac Devlin

8. The Right to Health for All? Debates Surrounding Access to Healthcare for Asylum-Seekers in Germany - Sabine Klotz

III. (Re)constructing Migrants in Health Research

9. Questioning Categorisation Practices: ‘Migrants’ and ‘Ethnic Groups’ in Public Health Classification(s) - Penelope Scott and Hella von Unger

10. Culturally Sensitive Palliative Care Research: What Should we Do with ‘Those People’, or what Should we Do with Ourselves? - Piret Paal

11. Using Superdiversity as a Lens to View Migrant Health: Reflections on Ethical and Practical Implications of an Exploratory Study Involving Community Researchers - Antje Lindenmeyer

IV. Navigating Pluralism in Healthcare

12. Challenges in the Provision of Mental Health Care for Refugees in Germany: a Socially and Culturally Sensitive Approach to Psychological Counselling and Psychotherapy - Kerstin Hein and Barbara Abdallah-Steinkopff

13. Female Genital Alteration in the UK: a Failure of Pluralism, a Failure of Intersectionality - Arianne Shahvisi

14. Integration, Identity and Elite Migrants: Capturing the Perspectives of Overseas-Trained South Asian Doctors in the UK - Ghazala Yasmin Farooq

15. How to Support Migrant Physicians in Navigating through an Unfamiliar Healthcare System: Findings from a Qualitative Interview Study - Corinna Klingler and Georg Marckmann

16. Migrants, Pluralism and End-of-life Decision-making for Children with Life-limiting Illness: Perspectives on the case of Josip - Katja Kuehlmeyer and Monika Führer

About the Editors

Katja Kuehlmeyer, Dr. rer. biol. hum., is Research Associate at the Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at LMU Munich. She works on various topics at the intersection of psychology, health and ethics.

Corinna Klingler, MSc, has recently finished here PhD-research on integration of migrant physicians in Germany and is currently working on translational bioethics as a postdoctoral researcher at the QUEST Centre in Berlin.

Richard Huxtable, LLB, MA, PhD, is Professor of Medical Ethics and Law and Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol, UK. He works primarily on ethics and law at the end of life, surgical ethics, and clinical ethics support.

About the Series

Law and Migration

Law and Migration
Migration and its subsets of refugee and asylum policy are rising up the policy agenda at national and international level. Current controversies underline the need for rational and informed debate of this widely misrepresented and little understood area. Law and Migration contributes to this debate by establishing a monograph series to encourage discussion and help to inform policy in this area. The series provides a forum for leading new research principally from the Law and Legal Studies area but also from related social sciences. The series is broad in scope, covering a wide range of subjects and perspectives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
LAW / General
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Health
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MEDICAL / Clinical Medicine
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Health Policy
MEDICAL / Ethics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration