Podcast: Health care gaps for migrants and asylum seekers at the Mexican border during COVID-19

Migrants en route to another country and asylum seekers are often overlooked in health policy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when immigration and asylum processes stalled, thousands of people found themselves stranded at Mexico’s northern border. With limited health care and sometimes overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions, COVID posed a significant risk.

How Mexico’s response to COVID-19 took into account the special needs of migrants in transit and asylum seekers is the subject of today’s episode of A Health Podyssey.

Ietza Bojorquez-Chapela of the North Frontier College and César Infante de la National Institute of Public Health to rejoin Health affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil to discuss their research with them and their co-authors published in the July 2021 issue of Health affairs, a number dedicated to borders, immigrants and health.

In the issue, the authors examine COVID-19 health policy documents released by Mexican federal, state and municipal authorities. While exploring these documents – which were prepared between January and September 2020 – they discovered that only seven of the 80 publicly available documents explicitly mentioned the health care needs of migrants in transit and asylum seekers.

Order your copy of the July 2021 issue of Health affairs.

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