Thursday, 6 December 2018

Myths about migrants spreading disease 'inform hostile policies'

Myths about migrants spreading disease 'inform hostile policies' Report says migrants more likely to contribute than to damage health of host nations

Myths that migrants are responsible for spreading disease and a burden to health services have been used in support of the hostile and restrictive policies introduced in the US, UK and elsewhere around the world, a two-year commission has concluded.

The commission of 20 experts, set up by University College London and the Lancet medical journal, started work as Brexit became all-consuming in the UK and the US president, Donald Trump, stepped up border controls and demanded a wall between the US and Mexico. But the rhetoric that migration damages health and healthcare has been around for a long time – and is wrong, said the chair of the group, Prof Ibrahim Abubakar from UCL. The Guardian

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