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Health and Migration: perspectives from Asia and Europe

Public Talk

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07 March 2012 Hanae HANZAWA Political and Economic Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



Venue:
Barcelona, Spain

Several social determinants create regional and cross-border impact on migrants’ health in Asia and Europe.This Public Talk was an interactive forum to share and know more about such perceptions.

Asian and European speakers shared their insights into topics including:

- Various factors that influence migrants’ health and pose major challenges for public health
- Multi-sectoral efforts to address migrants’ health
- Recommendations for Asia–Europe collaboration on health and migration

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Event details

Date: 7 March 2012

Venue: Tagore's Auditorium, Casa Asia

Time: 7 pm - 8.30 pm

Speakers:

Dr Jaime F. Calderon Jr., Regional Migration Health Adviser, International Organization for Migration
Dr Piroska Östlin, Programme Manager, Vulnerability and Health Programme, World Health Organization – Regional Office for Europe

Opening remarks by:

Ambassador Juan José Herrera de la Muela, Director General of Casa Asia / ASEF Governor for Spain
Mr Hidehiro Tsubaki, Consul-General of Consulate-General of Japan in Barcelona
Mr Xavier Bosch, Director General for Immigration of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia

Closing remarks by:

Ms Sol Iglesias, Director for Intellectual Exchange, Asia-Europe Foundation

This Public Talk was organised back to back with the 1st Research Exchange Workshop "Social determinants of migrants’ health across Asia and Europe" in Barcelona, Spain. Read more...

Project Updates

  • Health of migrants in Asia and Europe

    Published on 02 Apr 2012

    “We have a moral and professional obligation to protect and improve the health of migrants”, noted Dr Piroska Östlin at the Public Talk, “Health and Migration: perspectives from Asia and Europe”, in Barcelona (7 March 2012). Dr Östlin, Programme Manager for Vulnerability and Health Programme, World Health Organization - Regional Office for Europe (WHO-EURO), was one of the two guest speakers at the event.

    The other speaker for the evening was Dr Jaime F. Calderon Jr., Regional Migration Health Adviser at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Dr Calderon stressed: “We need to work towards the development of national policies that enable equal access to health and social services for migrants regardless of their status”.

    This ASEF event, co-organised with Casa Asia, was attended by more than 90 people. It was an opportunity to engage speakers and attendees in a dialogue to address ‘health of migrants’ as one of the most pressing issues in both Asian and European contexts.

    Chief guests for the evening were - Ambassador Juan José Herrera de la Muela, Director General of Casa Asia / ASEF Governor for Spain, Mr Hidehiro Tsubaki, Consul-General of Consulate-General of Japan in Barcelona, and Mr Xavier Bosch, Director General for Immigration of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia.

    This public event was organised in conjunction with a workshop “Social determinants of migrants’ health across Asia and Europe”, in the following days in Barcelona (8-9 March 2012). Participants at this two-day workshop included individuals from international organisations, governments and civil society institutions. This workshop was part of the Research Exchange Workshop Series organised by the ASEF Public Health Network. The workshop report will be published in the second half of the year, while the research report by Yuchengco Centre and Fondazione ISMU is planned for publication early next year.

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  • Dr Piroska Ostlin was one of the keynote speakers for the Public Talk  "Health and Migration: perspectives from Asia and Europe" in Barcelona on 7 March 2012.

    Her discourse is methodical and politically correct. Only altered, even crying when I explain the views of Teresa tells me forced and when cases of discrimination against Roma in his native Hungary. Read more...

  • “We have a moral and professional obligation to protect and improve the health of migrants. It is our hope that the new European Policy for Health will provide inspiration and guidance for Member States and other partners” – said Dr Piroska Östlin, Programme Manager for Vulnerability and Health Programme, World Health Organization – Regional Office for Europe (WHO-EURO). Read more...

  • “Migration is a fact of life and governments face the challenge of integrating the health needs of migrants into national plans, policies and strategies” – as reported by the World Health Organization (March 2010).

    Along the same line of thought, ASEF Public Health Network will organise a Public Talk “Health and Migration: perspectives from Asia and Europe” on 7 March 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. It will be co-organised with Casa Asia.

    This event will be an interactive forum to discuss different socio-economic and cultural determinants that affect migrants’ health across Asia and Europe. Eminent speakers from the two regions will share their insights on topics including - various social determinants of migrants’ health, multi-sectoral efforts to address migrants’ health and recommendations for Asia–Europe collaboration on health and migration.

    Representatives from ASEM embassies, academia, corporations, UN agencies and other international non-profit organisations and the media are invited to participate.

    Interested individuals, organisations and media representatives who wish to attend the event can register by sending an email to debasmita.dasgupta@asef.org

    Event details are below:

    Date:                 Wednesday 7 March 2012

    Timing:              7 pm – 8.30 pm

    Venue:               Tagore’s Auditorium, Casa Asia

    Av. Diagonal, 373, Barcelona 08008

    Admission is free

Partners

  • Casa Asia

Sponsors

  • Government of Japan