- According to recent reports, despite the push to get more people enrolled under Obamacare, 962,805 residents in New York City still remain uninsured out of which 57% of the population is foreign born. Many authorized immigrants don’t have information about signing up or don’t realize that they qualify, while undocumented immigrants are ineligible for most plans under the federal law.
- Termination of health care insurance by the Centers for Medicare and Medical Services for lack of proper immigration documentation or income status has led to over 400,000 immigrants being kicked off private insurance plans by the government following review of their eligibility status.
- The “Undocumented Americans’ Bill of Rights” has been released which calls for the acknowledgement that the undocumented immigrant community should receive equal treatment and legal status with dignity and respect as they are already living on U.S. soil and their existence cannot be viewed as “illegal” or “alien”.
- According to author Diana Gordon, Hispanic immigrants have helped Greenport, New York recover from decades of stagnation as they form the backbone of its labor-dependent tourist economy, they patronize local businesses all year and have strengthened the village’s history as a supporter of diversity.
- Recent reports show immigrants play an increasingly important role in the economy as they account for nearly 37% of New York City’s population and make up 43% of the city’s workforce, which has resulted in the generation of $257 billion in economic activity.
- According to studies from Drexel University, the inclusion of undocumented Latino immigrants in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Exchange would prompt more primary care visits, which would help reduce costly long-term chronic care in federally funded health centers.
- In New Bedford, MA, a group of organizations have trained community health workers meet with immigrant residents to educate them on and screen for colorectal cancer.
- US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said for the first time during a presidential debate that undocumented individuals in the country should be allowed onto the health exchanges created through “Obamacare,” which sharply contrasts her previous views on healthcare for undocumented immigrants.
- The Obama administration has urged undocumented immigrant youth to enroll in high school and college and the Education Department has warned schools against asking students about their immigration status with an attempt to normalize their experience of being undocumented immigrants.
- According to recent reports the rate of uninsured in Ohio has dropped drastically to 8.7 percent and the number of uninsured residents in Texas dropped from 19 percent to 16.3 percent in Bexar County in 2014. Undocumented immigrants continue to make up a large percentage of the uninsured groups in both locations.
- Canada’s minister of immigration, refugee and citizenship, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada through government sponsorship by forming a subcommittee to co-ordinate the government’s efforts.
- Canada’s new Immigration minister John McCallum, who has committed to reverse the cuts on refugee health care, claims that the former government’s decision to cut refugee health care was “economically foolish” as it put pressure on taxpayers and denied refugees vital health care.
- Bangladeshi migrant women who return home after being tortured and sexually abused do not receive the necessary psychological, social and financial support as there is no national strategy or any action plan to address the reintegration of the returnee.
- Reports suggest that the influx of younger workers during the migrant surge in Europe will help to boost the economy by around 0.2% which will lead to higher growth of the European Union.
- The U.K. law states that General Practitioner services and any treatment that is deemed urgent is free for all regardless of their legal status due to which doctors are being told to register health tourists at their surgeries without checking passports or IDs as they are not expected to act as immigration officials.
- According to reports, due to procedural delays, errors and poor decisions concerning immigration casework by the people at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, a growing number of refugees are being made to endure “prolonged uncertainty” about their immigration statuses in the UK.
- Reports suggest that due to the sudden influx of criminals and individuals who have failed the immigration systems’ tough character tests joining general asylum seeking population at the detention center in Australia, the Christmas Island riot was inevitable.
- Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of Pakistan said last week that the country is temporarily suspending a 2010 agreement with the European Union countries except Britain, which allows them to deport Pakistani citizens entering the continent illegally, citing “blatant misuse” because they often deport the Pakistani immigrants labeling them as terrorists.
- The Australian Medical Association and Victoria’s health minister have supported the Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital doctors’ and medical staffs’ decision to defy federal immigration authorities by refusing to return children in their care to detention. This has been done with an aim to stop immigration detention for children.
- Germany has been tasked with providing food, shelter and essential health care and medical services for up to 1.5 million refugees in 2015 due to which access to health care for migrants will be provided in three stages depending on the length of their status and length of their stay in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the system.
- The European Union has pledged more than $3 billion in aid to Turkey and has urged the country to keep the Syrian refugees and other immigrants in order to help get a hold of the immigrant crisis in Europe.
- With Europe’s growing immigrant crisis and Austria having over crowded asylum centers, several Syrian refugees have claimed that they are being pressured into leaving Austria for Slovakia and if they do not co-operate they are thrown out on the streets with no provisions for basic food or shelter.
- With temperatures in Germany dropping towards zero degrees, 42,000 asylum seekers were found to be sleeping in tents across the country and are pleading for authorities to find them alternative housing.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 430,000 Immigrants have lost their health insurance because the US Department of Health and Human Services sent confusing document requests on what to provide in order to keep insurance.
- Despite calls from Republican leaders, Presidential Hopeful Donald Trump continues rants on undocumented immigrants.
- The arrest of a Mexican woman who presented apparently fake identification at a Houston clinic, may deter other undocumented migrants from seeking healthcare.
- California polls show 47 percent of residents are in support of undocumented immigrant healthcare, and the opposition is mostly found to be supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
- A University of Virginia team has collaborated on a National Institutes of Health-funded project designed to help Latinas in a rural farming community in Florida, developing an interactive, multimedia health education program delivered by virtual humans on a tablet device.
- Existing gray area in law states that a “resident” of the Tom Green county can apply for health care which opens the door for “illegals” to also apply for health insurance no matter their country of origin.
- Dimelo en Espanol, a program created by the Ankerman Institute for the Family, is providing therapy sessions in Spanish, with prices based on family income, to Latino immigrant population.
- Monterey County Board of supervisors have set aside $500,000 to pay for the county’s undocumented residents’ lab tests, radiology and pharmacy services.
- The influx of migrants seeking refuge in European Nations coincides with a lack of discussion about meeting their complex health needs, especially over the long-term.
- Newborn infants of undernourished and abused migrant women heading to European Nations could face future health problems given the stress and injuries suffered by their mothers.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) to provide medical assistance to migrants by training personnel at various points of entry in migration and public health matters, medical supplies, and by assessing E.U. and national preparedness.
- New University College Dublin research shows surprising and disturbing results of migrant mental health needs in Dublin.
- An increasing number of pregnant migrant women in the UK are not seeking antenatal care due to fear of high costs or being thrown out of the UK.
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In early April 2015, the Israeli government confirmed that it had struck an unusual deal with the government of Rwanda. In return for “millions of dollars in grants and sales,”[i] the central African state would take in asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan currently living in Israel. According to media reports, Uganda is contemplating a similar agreement.[ii]
Between 2006 and 2013, approximately 60,000 asylum seekers, most from Eritrea and Sudan, entered Israel through its southern border with Egypt. Seeking a safe haven, they faced a government that deliberately obstructed possibilities for a more stable and dignified life. Israel’s plan to trade asylum seekers to what it calls “safe third countries” demonstrates that the government is prepared to employ unorthodox means, and incur financial expenses, to rid itself of its asylum-seeking population.
The “third country deal” is only the latest in a series of Israeli policy decisions that have compromised asylum seekers’ lives and well-being over the years. Read more…
Arguing for Alliances: Why Business and Religious Leaders Should Promote Migrant Health Care – Ryan I. Logan
Ryan I. Logan
In June 2013, from a top-floor meeting room at the Indianapolis headquarters of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company, I witnessed an unusual alliance of business leaders and religious leaders who joined to pledge their public support for the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744). In front of reporters, these leaders expressed their support for comprehensive immigration reform to state politicians, the general public, and the grassroots political organization called the Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN). What would it take to develop a similarly powerful alliance between religious and business leaders advocating for the provision of adequate and affordable health care for undocumented migrants?
Members of the grassroots political organization IndyCAN, along with religious leaders of Catholic and Protestant denominations, meet with Congresswoman Susan Brooks (seated at table, left side) at a prayer vigil to request her public support for immigration reform. Photo by Ryan I. Logan. Read more…
- Connecting civil rights, policy, and health, scholarly work on how immigrants’ health declines the longer they live in the United States suggests a policy need to address immigrant discrimination.
- Countering challenges to the President’s recent immigration action announcement, legal scholars have asserted the President’s legal authority to extend deportation deferrals to parents of young immigrants.
- In California, State Senator Ricardo Lara proposed a bill that would extend health insurance benefits to unauthorized immigrants who are not authorized to receive benefits through the Affordable Care Act.
- As a result of the President’s recently-announced immigration action, some pundits suggest more immigrants living in mixed immigration status families may be motivated to sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act.
- LGBT organizations continue to criticize Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for treatment of transgender detainees, failing to protect them from sexual assault or providing them with medical assistance.
- Despite allegations of Mexican immigrants playing a role in the resurgence of measles, whooping cough, and other vaccine-preventable disease, there is no evidence to support such claims, especially since vaccination rates Mexico are high.
- In a trial against her employer, a migrant worker in Hong Kong shared stories of physical abuse, bringing attention to migrant domestic worker mistreatment.
- Near Italy, more than 300 African migrants may have died in the Mediterranean Sea before Italian Coast Guard officials reached a group of survivors.
- The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for immigrant children to be released from detention facilities.
- After a cemetery shooting in Copenhagen, the Israeli government approved funds to encourage immigration from France, Belgium, and Ukraine.