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Cities of rights: the healthcare policies towards international migrants in the cities of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Barcelona (Spain)

Grant number: 18/22974-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2019
Effective date (End): June 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Deisy de Freitas Lima Ventura
Grantee:Jameson Vinícius Martins da Silva
Host Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


National governments are supposed to set and apply the rules for admission and stay in their territories. Nevertheless, the tangibility of international human mobility occurs at the local level. Therefore, the policies conceived and led my local governments seem to determine the level of integration of migrants in host societies. At present, initiatives in cities in different parts of the world seemingly constitute an agenda of rights protection to this population, particularly the health of migrants and refugees. In the urban space, the hazards related to health - infectious, psychic and chronicle diseases, among others - affect the territory in a heterogeneous fashion. Migrants and refugees are particularly vulnerable, for reasons ranging from their working and living conditions to the lack of healthcare policies. This research project intends to verify whether two major cities, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Barcelona (Spain) may be regarded as "cities of rights", probably paradigmatic in the field of migrants' health. Through qualitative research (theoretical, empirical and documental), it intends to identify and assess the policies towards migrants and refugees at the local level, specially regarding the enforcement of the right to healthcare, besides examining how the relations between different tiers of government (regional, national and local) affect the formulation and implementation of such policies. (AU)

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