Poster or Presentation Title

The Migrant Health Crisis in Italy

Presenter Information

Julia MeloneFollow

Location

Sydnor Performance Hall

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-4-2018 3:30 PM

Department

Political Science

Abstract

In recent years, Italy and the rest of the Mediterranean have experienced

massive surges in immigration. Largely unable to restrict the flow of

migrants through the Mediterranean and into Italy, local and national

governments are forced to deal with those arriving on their shores. While

some have been properly integrated into society, many are still living far

below the poverty line and do not know their rights and opportunities

available to them. Since public health risks became a contentious

political issue in the country, this presents a question of how best to

ensure the health of these migrants and of Italian citizens. This project

combines insights from several disciplines and includes primary data

gathered in Italy. There is much fear and xenophobia directed at migrants,

leading to their low standards of living, despite their not posing a

significant health risk to the Italian natives. In fact, owing to the

nature of the work and living situations available to them, immigrants are

exposed to far more illnesses and injuries than their native counterparts

are. Italians need to learn to push past assumptions and prejudices if

they want to integrate the thousands of immigrants now living in their

country, for their own health and especially for the health of the

migrants.

Faculty Mentor

Marek Payerhin

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Apr 4th, 3:30 PM

The Migrant Health Crisis in Italy

Sydnor Performance Hall

In recent years, Italy and the rest of the Mediterranean have experienced

massive surges in immigration. Largely unable to restrict the flow of

migrants through the Mediterranean and into Italy, local and national

governments are forced to deal with those arriving on their shores. While

some have been properly integrated into society, many are still living far

below the poverty line and do not know their rights and opportunities

available to them. Since public health risks became a contentious

political issue in the country, this presents a question of how best to

ensure the health of these migrants and of Italian citizens. This project

combines insights from several disciplines and includes primary data

gathered in Italy. There is much fear and xenophobia directed at migrants,

leading to their low standards of living, despite their not posing a

significant health risk to the Italian natives. In fact, owing to the

nature of the work and living situations available to them, immigrants are

exposed to far more illnesses and injuries than their native counterparts

are. Italians need to learn to push past assumptions and prejudices if

they want to integrate the thousands of immigrants now living in their

country, for their own health and especially for the health of the

migrants.