World Medical Association voices concern over impact of ‘restrictive’ migration policies


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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Concerns have been voiced over “restrictive migration policies” in some countries, with the World Medical Association (WMA) stressing the role of physicians in actively “supporting and promoting the rights of all people to medical care based solely on clinical necessity and protesting against legislation and practices contrary to this fundamental right”.

At the WMA’s annual assembly in Iceland, delegates discussed the current global migration situation and expressed concern that some receiving countries “are becoming more restrictive in their policies towards economic migrants”.

At the meeting, delegates passed an emergency resolution urging members and the international health community to advocate for the necessary healthcare for countries that welcome and receive large numbers of migrants. 

“Migration trends, far from being resolved, are in fact getting worse. And they are putting people in mortal danger. What is now happening is violating people’s fundamental right to health and in many cases forcing them to abandon their countries to search for a better life,” said WMA President Dr Leonid Eidelman.

“We must ensure that physicians remain strongly engaged in the defence of human rights and the dignity of all people worldwide. The prioritisation of the care of human beings must always come above any other consideration or interest,” Dr Eidelman added.