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Study on health care for undocumented migrants in Switzerland

The study is implemented parallel to the EU-wide project "Health Care in Nowhereland-Improving Services for Undocumented Migrants in the EU" (funded by DG SANCO and coordinated by the Danube University Krems), which analyses the regulatory frameworks, health care practices and migrant strategies in 27 EU countries. The results of the Swiss study will be integrated into the EU project.

• To situate the Swiss case in the wider European context
• To work out the main similarities and differences between the respective national health care systems and practices at the intersection of welfare and irregular migration

• Analysis of the national regulatory and financial  framework to which the respective health care institutions dealing with “undocumented” migrants are bound to act
• Collection of data on different practices of administrations and health care institutions providing health care to "undocumented" migrants
• Identification of transferable best practice models
• Overview of the various health problems “undocumented” migrants show and how these migrants manoeuvre in order to get the medical assistance needed

Project duration:
Funding: Swiss Federal Office for Public Health
Project coordination: Veronika Bilger, Albert Kraler, Christina Hollomey


"Access to Healthcare for Undocumented Migrants in Switzerland" Full reports

Chantal Wyssmüller, Denise Efionayi-Mäder (2011): Undocumented Migrants: their needs and strategies for accessing health care in Switzerland, Country Report on People & Practices

Veronika Bilger, Christina Hollomey (2011): Policies on Health Care for Undocumented Migrants in Switzerland, Country Report


In English:
Practices Download
People Download
Policies Download

In French:
Services Download
Population Download
Politiques Download

In German:
Praxismodelle Download
Strategien und Bedürfnisse Download
Die Rechlichen Regelungen Download

In Italian:
Le Struttre Sanitaire Download
Le Persone Download
Le Politiche Download