The article addresses aspects of public health of migrant and
refugee populations in Greece.
Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees have often been seen as “unwanted
individuals” or as “a threat”, and particularly as a “health time-bomb” due to
their poor health before, during and their unhealthy living and working
conditions after their arrival in Greece. The article explores how the
migration process has impacted public health by taking into account recent
epidemiological data, migrant health inequalities and social determinants of
in the migration phenomenon include different epidemiological and public health
repercussions for the reception country and the migrant, the asylum seeker and
refugee populations. Populations on the move face health risks and are exposed
to hazards resulting in public health implications for them but also for the reception
society. The article focuses on risks, surveillance and responses to ensure access of asylum
seekers, refugees and migrants to healthcare, as well as on the social
discourse regarding migrant health.
Keywords: public health; migration; asylum seekers; refugees; migrants;