Policy and practices of health care in a migrant context 
Clara Carvalho (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon)
Iolanda Évora (Instituto de Economia e Gestao, ISEG, Univ Tecn Lisboa )
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Chem E401
Start time:
19 September, 2006 at 11:30 (UTC+0)
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Short Abstract:

This workshop will discuss the definition of health and illness, and the different uses of therapeutic practices, including access to health care services, amongst migrant populations. The workshop focuses on migrant movements that invert the fluxes and logics of the colonial enterprise.

Long Abstract

The aim of this workshop is to introduce the debate about health strategies followed by migrant populations in Europe. The focus groups studied are African migrants, and our main goal is to identify the different health strategies followed as well as the conditionalisms found by migrant groups in accessing health services. Some of the topics that we shall discuss are: analysing the difficulties in accessing health care services of refugees and undocumented migrants; identifying the process of collective elaboration of protection systems; identifying original spaces and strategies of encounter between different nosological systems; exposing the circulation of cultural referents, related to therapeutic practices, in the migratory movements; identifying the risks of excessive biologisation, and cultural essentialisation, in therapeutic practices by health care professionals. The workshop convenors are looking forward to having different experiences and case studies presented. These should present original research but also focus on the work of NGOs and the influence of local policies concerning health activities amongst migrant populations.

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