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"How occupational health impacts migrant health: a case study from Portugal"

Beatriz Padilla, Vera Rodrigues

"Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe" Newsletter, 10, 2016

“Understanding the practice and developing the concept of welfare bricolage”, or UPWEB, is a two-year project that began in January 2015, funded by NORFACE 2 and carried out in four European countries and cities (Birmingham in the United Kingdom, Bremen in Germany, Lisbon in Portugal, Uppsala in Sweden). By using a combination of methods (ethnography and health surveys) UPWEB hopes to “contribute to a better understanding of how residents in superdiverse neighbourhoods deal with health and healthcare in everyday practices”. As the project is concerned with the local dimension, two superdiverse neighbourhoods were then selected in each city. In Lisbon the two selected neighbourhoods were Mouraria and Lumiar. Despite the fact that the majority of migrants were exposed to risk of work-related accidents and diseases, they did not know what to do about it, nor did they have a clear idea about their rights. In addition, the vulnerability of migrants occupational health is often further compromised because they are not a target population for health promotion and disease prevention measures, apart from cases of public health concern.

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