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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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Natives and Newcomers

Natives and Newcomers

Moving Forward Together

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Health of Newcomers

Patricia Illingworth

Wendy E. Parmet

NYU Press

Using the 2015 Ebola epidemic and the global migrant crisis as examples, this chapter suggests that following a period of norm change, there is reason to be optimistic about the potential for solidarity between newcomers and natives for the sake of health. In health our shared humanity and vulnerability are evident. The Ebola epidemic in 2014 illustrates both how a slow global response to the disease resulted in the deaths of over 11,000 people and how a willingness on the part of nations and individuals to act in solidarity with the victims of Ebola brought an end to the epidemic. Responses to the recent global migration crisis, including a mix of public and private sponsorship of refugees in Canada, are also examined in this chapter. This chapter suggests policy recommendations to ensure that newcomers have their health needs met and indicates that equal access to health care for newcomers and natives is critical and will be facilitated by cultural competency and nonexclusionary health policy.

Keywords:   Canada, cultural competence, Ebola epidemic, equal access, global migrant crisis, health care, health policy, norm change, private sponsorship, solidarity

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