Why do so many undocumented people in the Netherlands fail to exercise their right to medically necessary healthcare?
A 2012 estimate by the Dutch branch of Médecins du Monde found that nearly a third of undocumented people do not receive the medically necessary healthcare they are legally entitled to.
Researchers from the International Institute of Social Studies and Erasmus School of Law set out to find out more.
They trained a team of (formerly) undocumented people as researchers and conducted research for two years in the cities of Rotterdam and The Hague. Their research confirmed that many undocumented people fail to access healthcare. While some are unaware of their rights, others face various informal barriers and often choose to self-exclude by not seeking healthcare at all.
This new policy brief shares key findings of their research and offers 6 policy recommendations in the current context of Covid-19.
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This research was conducted as part of the project 'Count Us In': Towards Realizing Health Rights Among Undocumented People in Two Dutch Global Cities, funded by the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative.
About the researchers
Dr Helen Hintjens is Assistant Professor in Development and Social Justice at the International Institute of Social Studies
Dr Karin Astrid Siegmann is Senior Lecturer in Labour and Gender Economics at the Internatioal Institute of Social Studies
Professor Richard Staring is Professor in Empirical Criminology at the Erasmus School of Law