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Health of NewcomersImmigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity$
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Patricia Illingworth and Wendy E. Parmet

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789216

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789216.001.0001

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Solidarity for Newcomers, Health for All

Solidarity for Newcomers, Health for All

(p.166) 9 Solidarity for Newcomers, Health for All
Health of Newcomers

Patricia Illingworth

Wendy E. Parmet

NYU Press

For the sake of argument, this chapter accepts that nations have the right to control their borders; nonetheless, it shows that arguments that limit immigrants’ access to health care are weak—tautological and lacking explanatory power. The argument that only people who have consented to citizenship should benefit from the system cannot be supported normatively. Others argue that undocumented immigrants have violated the law and should not benefit from the violation. It is difficult to distinguish among the legal status of many immigrants and it is not clear why access to health care should depend on whether one has broken a law: people break many laws and are not thereby denied health care. Chapter 9 argues that there are good moral and practical reasons to act in solidarity with newcomers, regardless of their legal status or the size of the migrant population, and it draws on the Ebola epidemic and global migrant crisis in making this argument.

Keywords:   citizenship, Ebola epidemic, global migrant crisis, health care, newcomers, solidarity, undocumented immigrants

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