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Migrants’ Health Protection: Socio-health and Legal Situation of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Italy

  • Maurizio Marceca
  • Serena Battilomo
  • Gianluca Russo
  • Anna Paola Massetti
  • Claudio M. Mastroianni
  • Paolo Villari
  • Vincenzo Vullo
  • Luciano SasoEmail author
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Part of the Migration, Minorities and Modernity book series (MMMO, volume 4)

Abstract

According to the Italian Ministry of the Interior, during 2016 Italy hosted more than 180,000 migrants—a combination of International Protection Seekers (IPSs) and economic migrants, with an increasing number of unaccompanied minors (26,000). Over the last few years, Italy has collected progressive and important experience in protecting the health of IPSs. The Italian Ministry of Health has recently produced and is currently implementing two sets of clinical/organisational guidelines, addressing “Health checks and protection pathways for migrants on arrival and while hosted in reception centres” and “Care, treatment and rehabilitation of psychological disorders of refugees and subsidiary protection status holders who have suffered torture, rape or other serious forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence”. Both documents underline the importance of a multidisciplinary approach and the governance of pathways to ensure the continuity of healthcare and social protection. Mental health, infectious disease control and minors’ and women’s health protection seem to be the main public health challenges. The present situation and possible future perspectives on IPSs’ health in Italy are described and discussed in this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurizio Marceca
    • 1
    • 2
  • Serena Battilomo
    • 3
  • Gianluca Russo
    • 1
  • Anna Paola Massetti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Claudio M. Mastroianni
    • 1
  • Paolo Villari
    • 1
  • Vincenzo Vullo
    • 1
  • Luciano Saso
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Pharmacy and MedicineSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Italian Society of Migration MedicineRomeItaly
  3. 3.Italian Ministry of HealthRomeItaly

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