The EUPHA Granada Declaration calls upon all European governments to protect the health of migrants and ethnic minorities

In April 2014 in Granada the Andalusian School of Public Health hosted  the  5th European Conference  of the European Public Health Association(EUPHA) on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health. Throughout the four-day event, 350 participants attended 12 workshops, 5 plenary sessions, 96 oral presentations and 120 poster presentations that covered different aspects of health migration.

The conference addressed the living standards of migrants in Europe and the impact of the current economic and financial crisis on migrants’ lives and their access to health care. During the opening ceremony, Dr Severoni, coordinator of the WHO Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe (PHAME) project, highlighted the importance of addressing migrants’ health in order to reduce health inequalities and ensure people-centered health systems in Europe. 

The Granada declaration

As a result of the conference, the Granada declaration was adopted. This document reiterates the importance of government cooperation to reduce inequities in Europe. In the context of the economic crisis, it highlights that migrants are one of the groups most negatively affected by the cuts on health and social services. Furthermore, in some European countries the crisis has led to a reduction of migrants’ entitlements to public services.

The Granada declaration addresses also the determinants of health. Migrants and ethnic minorities are frequently exposed to poor living and employment conditions. Tackling the social determinants of health, as the access to good quality jobs, is essential to improve their health and wellbeing. Finally, this document calls for urgent action to avoid the raise of xenophobia, discrimination and violence against migrants and ethnic minorities in the European countries.