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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(10), 9954-9963; doi:10.3390/ijerph111009954

Can Migration Health Assessments Become a Mechanism for Global Public Health Good?

International Organization for Migration, Country Office Sri Lanka, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
Migration Health Division, the International Organization for Migration, Route des Morillons 17, Geneva, 1211 CH, Switzerland
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Received: 1 July 2014 / Revised: 9 September 2014 / Accepted: 18 September 2014 / Published: 26 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migrant Health)
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Migrant health assessments (HAs) consist of a medical examination to assess a migrant’s health status and to provide medical clearance for work or residency based on conditions defined by the destination country and/or employer. We argue that better linkages between health systems and migrant HA processors at the country level are needed to shift these from being limited as an instrument of determining non-admissibility for purposes of visa issuance, to a process that may enhance public health. The importance of providing appropriate care and follow-up of migrants who “fail” their HA and the need for global efforts to enable data-collection and research on HAs are also highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: migrant health; health assessment; tuberculosis screening; migrant rights migrant health; health assessment; tuberculosis screening; migrant rights

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Wickramage, K.; Mosca, D. Can Migration Health Assessments Become a Mechanism for Global Public Health Good? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 9954-9963.

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