Despite the introduction of increasingly restrictive policies, economic imbalances, political conflict, demographic patterns and international population mobility mean migration and its consequences for the health of migrants and their non-migrant relatives are facts of global life. However, discussions about the health care of migrants have the potential to unsettle understandings of nationhood and civil rights, touching on moral and political debates about responsibility of a nation state to provide equitable health care to everyone residing in that country. This includes debates about whether vulnerable people whose right to remain in the country is contested should have access to free medical care when they are unable to pay, whether the state should provide interpreters or require migrants to learn English, and anxiety about the increased prevalence of conditions like tuberculosis (TB), raising questions about how we think of ‘them’ and ‘us’, and the distribution of limited resources (Haour-Knipe, 2013).
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