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Advocacy for neurology in migrants 

Advocacy for neurology in migrants
Advocacy for neurology in migrants

Mustapha El Alaoui Faris

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date: 17 April 2021

Over the years, a large number of migrants have settled in Europe from Africa and the Middle East. This population is prone to several health problems and is more vulnerable to communicable diseases, maternal and child health problems, mental disorders, and cardiovascular diseases. The burden of neurological diseases is thus increased among migrants; in fact, epilepsy, stroke, neurogenetic diseases, or cognitive disorders in older migrants have high prevalence. However, the weight of each disease is different depending on demography, epidemiology, genetics, or degree of poverty in the migrants’ country of origin. A comprehensive health policy must consider the special health needs of women, children, recent and second-generation migrants, but also enable undocumented migrants and asylum seekers. The rights of migrants to healthcare access to must be legally guaranteed in all host countries.

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