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National Stakeholder Consultation on Migration Health Policy held in Berlin

29 November 2016 - IOM MHD RO Brussels in collaboration with the IOM Germany, organized within the framework of the Equi-Health project a National Stakeholder Consultation on Migration Health Policy on 28 November 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Hosted by the European Commission Representation in Germany, the consultation aimed at presenting the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), and particularly for discussion, the draft MIPEX Health strand country report for Germany, developed by the MHD RO Brussels in collaboration with COST Action IS1103, Adapting European Health Systems to Diversity (ADAPT), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG).

Attended by representatives from Hessen Ministry for Social and Integration, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Ministry for Science, Work and Health, the German Hospital Federation, the Senate Administration for Health and Social and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV – Spitzenverband), the meeting also provided the ground to discuss further contributions and comments from participants, moderated by a panel of additional German experts besides the contributors to the MIPEX Health strand country report for Germany.

The participants actively contributed to the panel discussion and several important topics were discussed. Participants were interested in how to make the findings of the MIPEX Health Strand politically have an impact in Germany, and it was agreed amongst everyone that political leadership was needed, which should be based on strong scientific findings. In closing, it was agreed that equality should be on the agenda in the future, hoping that the Consultation would lead to a dialogue, based on the convincing arguments in the draft MIPEX Health strand country report for Germany.

The MIPEX Health strand‘s benchmark are the Recommendations on Mobility, migration and access to health care, MHD RO Brussels contributed to, adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011, which resulted from a consultation process involving researchers, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and a wide range of specialists in health care for migrants.

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