Archive for October, 2015
October 15, 2015 Leave a comment
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to introduce a multimillion-dollar initiative called Direct Access that has been aimed to create a type of universal healthcare to improve health-care for some of the city’s low-income, uninsured immigrant population by connecting them to crucial health care services.
- A miscalculation of visas has resulted in a sudden halt in visa and green card services, sending many immigrants including highly qualified Indian and Chinese immigrants with advanced degrees, back to where they had been in slow-moving visa lines.
- The Texas Civil Rights Project, along with 25 undocumented immigrant families, appeared before a federal judge with the intention of suing the state health department, claiming the state is making it too difficult for immigrants to obtain birth certificates for their US born children.
- Similarly, lawyers for immigrant families who were denied birth certificates for U.S.-born children in Texas are seeking an emergency injunction to obtain certificates, arguing that the children’s rights to health care, travel, and schooling are being harmed by tightened identification standards.
- Luis Gutierrez is pushing to extend the Affordable Care Act to undocumented immigrants with the hope of decreasing the number of uninsured people in the country.
- With steps California has taken to provide low or no cost health coverage to undocumented immigrants in the last year, the state is ahead in its effort to extend health care to 2.6 million undocumented immigrants, which could spur other states to follow suit.
- California Governor Brown has signed legislation that will allow 170,000 undocumented children to receive full scope medical coverage by removing obstacles of re-applying or re-enrolling. By May 2016, California will become the fifth state to allow undocumented children from low-income families to enroll for wide-ranging health care.
- According to a Kaiser study, about 2.78 million Floridians lacked coverage in early 2015, which included 567,000 who would qualify for Medicaid and 384,000 undocumented immigrants.
- Volunteer doctors in the mobile Medecins du Monde unit on the island of Lesbos, are attending to thousands of refugees and migrants arriving from Turkey with aching muscles, lower body injuries and pulmonary infections; with over 350 patients a day.
- UNHCR is concerned that the lack of reception capacity in Greece where island ports are being crowded with up to 14,000 people every day is causing people to move to the Balkans on their own which could seriously threaten the relocation program agreed upon by the European Council.
- Out of the immigrants expected to migrate to Germany this year, 200,000 refugees have already arrived leading to high level of complications in the registration procedures. With winter on the horizon, many asylum seekers are experiencing high levels of frustration as they claim to have been waiting for more than 25 days to register.
- Germany’s previous estimate of 800,000 asylum seekers has now gone up to 1.5 million with hundreds of thousands of people pouring into Europe to escape conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.
- With the net immigration to Britain reaching an all time high with 330,000 people in the year to March, British Conservative interior minister and Prime Minister promise to reduce the number of immigrants as they believe that when immigration is too high, public services such as schools and hospitals experience high levels of strain along with reduction of wages and the increase in unemployment.
- After a long struggle, a 23-year-old pregnant Somali woman who was raped on the Pacific Island of Nauru, has now been granted a visa and has been brought to Australia to receive medical treatment and to carry out her wishes of having an abortion.
- According to the head of the NHS in England, the immigration rules in the UK in which foreign nurses who are earning less than £35,000 are forced to leave should be re-structured since over 3,300 NHS nurses could be forced to leave by the end of 2017.
Prepared by Priyanka Rao
October 6, 2015 1 comment
- The U.S. Agency for International Development is set to direct $419 million in humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees and is now committed to spending $4.5 billion to help address conditions inside Syria and refugee camps.
- The Canadian Government is gearing up to help resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees. Reports have indicated that the refugees will receive minimum health care benefits and the government will take the responsibility of only 40 per cent of the refugees while the remaining refugees will be sponsored by private groups.
- Contra Costa County is set to launch a $1 million dollar pilot program aimed at providing health care to one–fifth of the county’s undocumented immigrants.
- Recent studies suggest that political protests by major Latin American communities and cities could be counterproductive in the long run as it could lead to potential supporters’ hesitation from getting involved, perhaps because seeing a protest in person triggers different emotions as compared to hearing about it on the news.
- Kentucky’s independent health insurance exchange has largely avoided the kinds of technical issues that led to the cancellations of authorized immigrant healthcare policies and has received 24,303 immigrants’ enrollment in Medicaid and 3,460 immigrants’ enrollments in a qualified health plan.
- The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Carereports reasons for which over 500,000 immigrants have been denied or lack health services.
- The Director of immigration law and policy research at the Economic Policy Institute says that with the reduction of undocumented immigrants in the US, political leaders should now focus on policies that will encourage immigrants’ contribution to the labor market, such as providing training and English programs, and bring in foreign nationals who have a positive influence on the American economy.
- According to Rosa Aranda, a deaf undocumented immigrant living in San Diego, high levels of discrimination against deaf people in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Colombia, among others, has led to the increasing number of disabled immigrants taking asylum in the United States.
- After a long battle by the civil rights group, mentally disabled immigrants now have the right to legal representation and over 900 immigrants who were previously deported will now have the opportunity to return to the United States to contest their expulsion.
- New research published in the Journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology debunks portrayals of Latinos as drug dealing, violent criminals, showing that immigrant youth have been found to be less involved in problem behavior such as violence, crime and misuse of alcohol and drugs.
- Julian Cancino, a female-to-male transgender man, was denied transition-related care and proper health care coverage, such as doctor-recommended cervical cancer screenings, blood pressure tests, chlamydia tests, cholesterol tests, and access to the diagnosis and treatment of preventable diseases because he was an undocumented immigrant.
- Several hungry and desperate refugees who were living off the land for food while fleeing their country have become severely ill and are being hospitalized due to the consumption of poisonous ‘death cap’ mushrooms.
- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is set to distribute 70,000 dignity kits, which will include basic hygiene and healthcare items for refugee women. Mobile clinics will also be set up at strategic points with gynecologists and nurses equipped to do safe-deliveries for around 4,200 pregnant women and attempt to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections for 1,400 women at risk for sexual violence.
- ISIS has been warning Muslims in its “caliphate” to stay where they are, as they view the migration to Europe as a setback to their plans to expand their self-proclaimed caliphate.
- Some migrants seeking refuge from poverty and persecution feel that Germany gives special preference to people from Syria which has led to over 30 per cent of the immigrants from other places falsely claiming of being Syrian.
- “Unfortunately only when the poor enter the halls of the rich, do the rich notice that the poor exist,” said U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres while telling reporters the world waited too long to respond to the refugee crisis.
- With the growing fear of terrorism, rape, robberies and crimes, 97 per cent of residents in a small town called Gabcikovo in Slovakia have voted against the harboring of war refugees from Syria; say the refugees should be taken in by the rich Arab states in the Persian Gulf.
- Germany has provided three proposals for the integration of refugees into the German culture; the refugees must be loyal to Germany’s Constitution, they must be aware of the equality between men and women in the country and lastly they must receive the language courses provided to them with commitment. Failure to accept any of the proposals will lead to consequences such as denial of state benefits.
Prepared by Priyanka Rao