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Bringing the Migrant Health Discourse into Policy

The 2nd Research Exchange Workshop

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28 Nov 2012 - 29 Nov 2012 Sunkyoung Lee Political and Economic Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



Venue:
Makati City, The Philippines

"Migration is a fact of life and governments face the challenge of integrating the health needs of migrants into national plans, policies and strategies," reported the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2010. Identification of migrants' health-related needs and reflection of them into policies nad practices require research and data that provide evidence for migrant vulnerabilities.To address such migrant health issues, the ASEF Public Health Network has been engaged in a series of joint researches and research exchange workshops since 2011.

Past activities under ASEF's initiative on health and migration include:

The 1st Joint Research on Regional Integration and Infectious Diseases

The 1st Research Exchange Workshop on "Social Determinants of Migrants' Health across Asia and Europe"

The 2nd Research Exchange Workshop on "Bringing the Migrant Health Discourse into Policy" gathered policy-makers of all related fields and levels across Asia and Europe to inform them of the data and information generated and compiled from the ASEF Public Health Network's research initiative on health and migration. The open discussions with researchers as well as representatives from migrant communities, health care providers and social workers helped the decision-makers to revise and devlop policies that affect migrant health.

This workshop was organised in collaboration with the Yuchengco Center of De La Salle University.







Project Updates

  • Discussing Migrants’ Health

    Published on 02 Jan 2013

    The ASEF Public Health Network, in collaboration with the Yuchengco Center of De La Salle University, organised the 2nd Research Exchange Workshop and Public Briefing on ‘Bringing the Migrant Health Discourse into Policy’ in Makati City, The Philippines (28-29 November 2012).

    The two-day workshop provided an excellent opportunity for information exchange and dialogue on migration and health between both European and Asian stakeholders. Participating researchers and representatives from the governmental institutions presented cases from their respective ASEM countries. These included the cases that so far have not been much addressed such as the - Polish migrants in Norway, Vietnamese migrants in Poland, internal migrants in China and migrants in Korea.

    Researchers currently conducting the ASEF Public Health Network’s 2nd joint research, ‘The Nature and Magnitude of the Costs of Exclusion of Documented and Undocumented Migrants from Health Care’, also took part in the workshop. These researchers from Austria, Singapore and Hong Kong SAR presented their preliminary research findings and also engaged participants in a constructive discussion on their study’s theoretical as well as methodological approaches.

    On the evening of 28 November 2012, a public briefing was organised to highlight the research findings of ASEF-commissioned 1st joint research, ‘The Health Dimension of Southeast Asian Migration to Europe’. The Abridged Report from the joint research was also launched during the briefing.

    This research was led by Dr Trinidad Osteria (Yuchengco Center, The Philippines) and Dr Daniela Carrillo (Fondazione ISMU, Italy). At the Makati briefing they presented some highlights from their study mentioning the major public health challenges faced by Chinese and Philippine migrants in Italy and Spain. They also emphasised the development of migrant-friendly policy in host countries and strengthening co-operation between sending and receiving countries.

    Presentations were followed by a panel discussion, where Prof Li Ling (China), Prof Jose Maria Arcadio C. Malbarosa (The Philippines), Dr Tona Lizana (Spain) and Ms Valentina Nigrotti (Italy), exchanged their views based on their field experiences.

    Click here to download the Abridged Report

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  • Migrant Health Discourse into Policy

    Published on 05 Nov 2012

    The ASEF Public Health Network, in collaboration with Yuchengco Center of De La Salle University, will organise the 2nd Research Exchange Workshop and Public Briefing based on Bringing the Migrant Health Discourse into Policy’, in Makati City, the Philippines (28-29 November 2012).

    The workshop will gather policy-makers from related fields and levels from across Asia and Europe. There will be opportunities for open discussions with researchers as well as representatives from migrant communities, health care providers and social workers. These discussions will help the decision-makers to revise and develop policies that affect migrants’ health.

    On 28 November evening, the public briefing will be organised to highlight the research findings of ‘facing the Public Health Challenges: Southeast Asian Migrants in Europe’. This research was conducted from September 2011 to February 2012 by Yuchengco Centre (the Philippines) and Fondazione ISMU (Italy). The study was supported through the ASEF Public Health Network’s 1st Joint Research on Regional Integration and Infectious Diseases. The public briefing will be an interactive forum, where representatives from ASEM embassies, local academia, corporations, UN agencies and other international non-profit organisations, and the media are invited to participate.

    The proceedings of the 1st Research Exchange Workshop, Social Determinants of Migrants’ Health across Asia and Europe, will be published prior to the 2nd Research Exchange Workshop.

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Partners

  • Yuchengco Center of De La Salle University

Sponsors

  • Government of Japan
This project is sponsored by the Government of Japan.