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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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Immigration Control as Public Health Protection

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Health of Newcomers

Patricia Illingworth

Wendy E. Parmet

NYU Press

Humans have long blamed immigrants and outsiders for epidemics. This perceived association between newcomers and disease has led many nations to impose health-related immigration controls that screen newcomers for disease and disability and deny entry to many newcomers on health and disability-related grounds. In the United States, quarantine and other such policies began in the nineteenth century, and were long influenced by both racism and eugenics; more recently, many nations around the globe have imposed travel bans, barring entry by people who are HIV positive. Nations also perpetuate disability discrimination, excluding immigrants with a range of disabilities on the theory that they will be unproductive and costly to taxpayers. These health- and disability-related immigration exclusions fail to protect public health and reinforce stigma and discrimination against immigrants and natives with disabilities.

Keywords:   disability, Ebola, HIV, immigration, public health, quarantine, travel bans

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