Health of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities including Roma
By Isabel de la Mata, Principal Advisor with Special Interest in Public Health
Due to the current economic crisis and political turmoil in the neighbouring countries of the EU, the issue of health of migrants and some ethnic minorities (such as the Roma) is receiving increasing attention in the EU. Public debate tends to focus on the problems, such as, the fear of healthcare system misuse, the fear that these population groups are a burden on health systems and the fear of the spread of infectious diseases.
Overall many migrant groups are actually healthier than the general population despite the fact that in many countries migrants and some ethnic minorities tend to underutilise