EU member states granted protection to more than 185,000 asylum seekers in 2014, an increase of almost 50% compared with 2013. Since 2008, more than 750,000 asylum seekers have been granted protection status in the EU.
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Violence against women is an extreme manifestation of gender inequality in society and a serious violation of fundamental human rights.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most common type of such violence and can lead to death, physical injury, functional impairment, mental health problems, negative health behaviour, chronic conditions and reproductive health problems.
Institutional discrimination, lack of access to or knowledge of services, and cultural differences can prevent women who are not only experiencing IPV but also migrants or members of ethnic minorities from seeking help.
This policy brief aims to provide input into the role of the health sector in preventing and addressing IPV among migrant women and those of ethnic minorities. It describes the scope of the problem, presenting key evidence, and makes recommendations for health policy and health systems, health facilities and health service providers.
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Sudden and unpredictable influxes of migrants pose significant challenges to recipient countries’ health systems.
Influxes in southern European countries in particular have underlined the need to identify best practices, share experiences and start an efficient policy dialogue between stakeholders.
In several ways, Portugal could be seen as a model for migrant-integration practices, although there is scope to strengthen planning and surge capacity.
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This edition of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies has focused on the health issues of migrants.
It also includes articles on the commercialisation of public hospitals in Poland, perceptions about the affordability of care in the Netherlands, pharmaceutical market reform in Portugal and health service reform in Cyprus.
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