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Asylum Seekers and Immigrants in Italy during the First Phase of the Pandemic

A Medical Perspective

Salvatore Geraci    Società Italiana di Medicina delle Migrazioni, Area sanitaria Caritas Italiana    

Elisa Vischetti    Area sanitaria Caritas Roma    

Mario Affronti    Società Italiana di Medicina delle Migrazioni    

Silvia Declich    Società Italiana di Medicina delle Migrazioni, Centro Nazionale per la Salute Globale dell’ISS    

Maurizio Marceca    Società Italiana di Medicina delle Migrazioni    

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abstract

Health conditions of asylum seekers and immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic have worsened: the analysis in this chapter refers to the first wave of the pandemic (until August 2020). Early evidence from Anglo-Saxon countries, which showed a disproportionate impact for the foreign population and “ethnic minorities”, was confirmed also by the Italian data of resident foreigners. In addition, management problems were found with respect to the infection containment in the reception facilities and phenomena of social stigmatization were highlighted. The impact was generally worst for socially disadvantaged groups, the available data support a non-biological origin but linked to the role of social determinants, highlighting a theme of equity.

keywords: Immigrants. COVID-19. Italy. Public health. Inequalities.

Language: en

Submitted: June 30, 2021   Accepted: July 19, 2021   Published: Oct. 27, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-532-2/012

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