International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 13–20

Reviewing the topic of migration and health as a new national health target for Germany

  • Patrick Brzoska
  • Ute Ellert
  • Ahmet Kimil
  • Oliver Razum
  • Anke-Christine Sass
  • Ramazan Salman
  • Hajo Zeeb
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00038-014-0617-z

Cite this article as:
Brzoska, P., Ellert, U., Kimil, A. et al. Int J Public Health (2015) 60: 13. doi:10.1007/s00038-014-0617-z

Abstract

Objectives

To review migration and health as a potential new national health target for Germany.

Methods

The theme was evaluated along 13 standardized criteria preset by the Health Targets Network. For each of the criteria an expert opinion based on an extensive (but nonsystematic) review of literature is presented.

Results

Migrants differ in many health-related aspects from the majority population in Germany. Despite having some health advantages, their health status, on average, is lower than that of non-migrants. They also experience barriers in health care and cannot participate in the society on equal terms with the majority population. Different measures to improve the health situation of migrants are available, but their current implementation in the health system is limited in several ways. Present data on the health of migrants is inadequate and limits migrant-sensitive health reporting.

Conclusion

The evaluation of potential health targets based on standardized criteria is a valuable tool for health policy formulation. The present documentation can assist other countries in evaluating migration and health as a national health target. It may also contribute to similar activities at the European level.

Keywords

Health targets migration health care utilization health care effectiveness migrantsensitive data 

Copyright information

© Swiss School of Public Health 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Brzoska
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ute Ellert
    • 3
  • Ahmet Kimil
    • 4
  • Oliver Razum
    • 1
  • Anke-Christine Sass
    • 3
  • Ramazan Salman
    • 4
  • Hajo Zeeb
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and International Public Health, School of Public HealthBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Behavioral and Social SciencesChemnitz Technical UniversityChemnitzGermany
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology and Health MonitoringRobert Koch InstituteBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Ethnomedizisches Zentrum Hannover e.V.HannoverGermany
  5. 5.Department of Prevention and EvaluationLeibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology, BIPSBremenGermany
  6. 6.Research Focus Health SciencesUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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