Online Program

Analyzing legislative debate on immigrant health policy in europe: France, Belgium, and the UK

Monday, November 4, 2013

Charlotte Greenbaum, Program in Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
The international health research community has recently focused on identifying barriers that immigrants around the world face in obtaining health care. European nations have been at the forefront of developing policies to respond to the health needs of both legal and illegal immigrants. However, discrepancies remain between international community's call for universal access to health care and the current policies in European nations. While the Health for Undocumented Migrants and Asylum Seekers network and others have published recommendations on immigrant health policy for European nations, and individual nations have taken on isolated policy issues, there has been little research on the actual debates taking place over immigrant health policy in European legislatures or on how these legislatures conceptualize the issue of immigrant health care. This research will qualitatively examine what we can learn from the themes presented in legislative debates over immigrant health care in the case studies of France, Belgium, and the UK by analyzing legislative debate transcripts from each country between the years of 2002 to 2012. Each case study represents a unique policy and immigrant profile. These transcripts will be coded to pull out the primary factors that are mentioned in the debate and investigate how they compare to the issues and themes presented in policy recommendations. Preliminary results will be available by mid-winter. These results will allow advocacy, medical and political groups to identify the most significant factors in immigrant health policy, and enable other countries to learn from these debates in establishing their own policies.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss patterns, sequences, and contrasts between and among case studies; Identify most prominent factors in the legislative debates over immigrant health policy; Identify relationships between factors and relative influence of identified factors in the debates.

Keyword(s): Access to Care, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conducted this research personally for an Honors Thesis with a grant from Stanford University and am the sole author of the research paper. I worked under the supervision of two professors who served as my Honors Thesis advisors and ensured a strong research methodology and analysis.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.