Globalization, migration and health

Med Confl Surviv. 2002 Jan-Mar;18(1):34-43. doi: 10.1080/13623690208409604.


The term 'globalization' describes the integration of economic systems through improved communication, but it also represents increased insecurity for those with few resources--particularly refugees. This article examines why people migrate, their numbers, constraints on their movement and their particular health care needs. Immigrants have much to contribute to their recipient countries, but at some loss to their homelands. Both economically and morally, more liberal immigration policies would be beneficial. Policies towards asylum seekers should not be more restrictive in the aftermath of 11 September 2001 and detention should be the exception rather than the rule. Globalization should be managed so as to improve people's lives throughout the world.

MeSH terms

  • Altruism
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Refugees*
  • Social Change*