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We, the undersigned, meeting together at the 5th EUPHA European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health held at the Andalusian School of Public Health (Spain), on the 9th to 12th April 2014, hereby endorse the following statement:
When many European countries are implementing austerity policies, it is especially important that the public health community should speak out on behalf of the poor and marginalised. Among them are many migrants, who for various reasons are especially vulnerable at this time.
We call on all European governments to take concrete steps to protect the health of migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe and, specifically, to demonstrate that they will live up to their obligations under the International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights and the European Social Charter to ensure the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and in particular to their obligation of refraining from denying or limiting equal access to healthcare for all persons, including undocumented migrants and minorities, highlighted in the General Comment No. 14 of the Committee on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, so as to recognise the contribution that everyone, including migrants and ethnic minorities, make to the social and economic development of Europe.
Granada, 12th April, 2014
Carlos Artundo Purroy President of the Organising Committee Allan Krasnik President of the International Scientific Committee María Luisa Vázquez Deputy President of the International Scientific Committee