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Nursing and Contemporary Migration in Greece.

  • Academic Journal
  • International Journal of Caring Sciences. May-Aug2019, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1237-1243. 7p.
  • Article
  • Introduction: As the burden of migration to Europe increases, Greece is in a critical geographical crossroad and despite its longstanding financial troubles, is now mapping new paths for coping with modern immigration influx via adhering to improved social status of refugees and migrants. In terms of access to health services by refugees and immigrants in Greece, it should be noted that the institutional framework concerning access has been relatively restricted until recently. Aim: The main objective of this paper is to explore factors associated with nursing and contemporary migration and also to present an overview of the European and Greek policies and initiatives to protect migrants' health. Method: A critical literature search was performed, seeking key material and benchmark policy statements exploring and explaining the complexities and the challenges associated with migration per se and the impact on people's health. Findings-Discussion: Findings are grouped and discussed further under five pillars, i.e.: Immigration in Europe in Recent Years, Configuring Europe's migration policy to address first migration rates, How is Europe securing migrant's health, Health care provision and utilization for migrants in Europe and Health care provision and utilization for migrants in Greece. Overall, it can be argued that the refugee crisis had a major impact on the Greek NHS and that the influx of forcibly displaced people raised critical issues concerned health care provision including services for mental comorbidities and psychosocial support. Yet, efforts are made to adjust policy and practice in the light of meeting health needs for migrants despite economic limitations, which are affecting both locals and refugees alike. Conclusions: Nursing, in this turbulent health provision environment is expected to provide health interventions addressed to migrants. As the spectrum of migration into Europe continues due to various political, social and financial complexities, the need for societal responses including appropriate policy implementation and relevant nursing education is essential. Thus, migration will continue to pose challenges to society and to health in Greece and beyond. Only through continuous attentiveness will it be possible to identify, and then avoid or reduce health disadvantages faced by persons with a migration background. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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923120 Administration of Public Health Programs
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1Assistant Professor, Nursing Department, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece
2Clinical Lecturer, Nursing Department, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece