Undocumented Migrants and Healthcare: Eight Stories from Switzerland - cover image

Book Series

Copyright

Marianne Jossen

Published On

2018-05-30

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-478-7
Hardback978-1-78374-479-4
PDF978-1-78374-480-0
HTML978-1-80064-558-5
XML978-1-78374-527-2
EPUB978-1-78374-481-7
MOBI978-1-78374-482-4

Language

  • English

Print Length

116 pages (vi + 110)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 6 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.24" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 8 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.31" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback387g (13.65oz)
Hardback758g (26.74oz)

Media

Illustrations2
Tables6

OCLC Number

1135545644

LCCN

2019452728

BIC

  • M
  • JKS
  • JKSN1
  • 1DF

BISAC

  • SOC007000
  • SOC057000

LCC

  • RA989.S9

Keywords

  • undocumented migrants
  • healthcare
  • Switzerland
  • inclusion
  • non-governmental organisations
  • Public Health
  • Migration Studies
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Undocumented Migrants and Healthcare

Eight Stories from Switzerland

What do undocumented migrants experience when they try to access healthcare? How do they navigate the (often contradictory) challenges presented by bureaucratic systems, financial pressures, attitudes to migrants, and their own healthcare needs?
This urgent study uses a grounded theory approach to explore the ways in which undocumented migrants are included in or excluded from healthcare in a Swiss region. Marianne Jossen explores the ways migrants try to obtain healthcare on their own, with the help of NGOs or via insurance, and how they cope if they fail, whether by using risky strategies to access healthcare or leaving serious health issues untreated. Jossen shows that even for those who succeed, inclusion remains partial and fraught with risks.
Based on interviews with migrants, health practitioners and NGO staff and using a rigorous academic approach, Undocumented Migrants and Healthcare is an important contribution to a vital contemporary issue. It is necessary reading for researchers in Public Health and Migration Studies, as well as government and non-governmental organisations in Switzerland and beyond. It will be of interest to anyone concerned with healthcare and migration in the twenty-first century.

Endorsements

I cannot over-emphasise how important it is that this sort of research is published and available in the public domain. There is a move across Europe to exclude non-citizens from healthcare as a result of nationalist agendas and the threat of austerity. Marianne clearly demonstrates that healthcare access is a social process, highlighting the harm experienced by those excluded and the immense work required to gain inclusion.

Dr. Jessica Potter

Queen Mary, University of London

Table of Contents

1. Just going to hospital

2. Undocumented migrants, healthcare and health

3. Telling stories about healthcare for undocumented migrants

4. Settling in

5. The NGO and its network

6. Insurance

7. Healthcare for undocumented migrants

8. Literature


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