Providing care for immigrant, migrant, and border children

Pediatrics. 2013 Jun;131(6):e2028-34. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1099. Epub 2013 May 6.


This policy statement, which recognizes the large changes in immigrant status since publication of the 2005 statement "Providing Care for Immigrant, Homeless, and Migrant Children," focuses on strategies to support the health of immigrant children, infants, adolescents, and young adults. Homeless children will be addressed in a forthcoming separate statement ("Providing Care for Children and Adolescents Facing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity"). While recognizing the diversity across and within immigrant, migrant, and border populations, this statement provides a basic framework for serving and advocating for all immigrant children, with a particular focus on low-income and vulnerable populations. Recommendations include actions needed within and outside the health care system, including expansion of access to high-quality medical homes with culturally and linguistically effective care as well as education and literacy programs. The statement recognizes the unique and special role that pediatricians can play in the lives of immigrant children and families. Recommendations for policies that support immigrant child health are included.

Keywords: border; immigrant; migrant; underserved communities.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Delivery of Health Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Health Care Reform / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Healthcare Disparities / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Medically Underserved Area