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Immigrant health in Germany : an intersectional perspective on migration policies and the example of Bremen

Brünig, Lisa (2015) Immigrant health in Germany : an intersectional perspective on migration policies and the example of Bremen.

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Abstract:This Bachelor thesis aims to apply an intersectional perspective on immigrant health in Germany. The social construction theory by Schneider and Ingram is applied to reveal that German migration policies construct different populations, leading to different forms of discrimination and exclusion from health care services. The literature review shows that the interaction of migration and health is deeply gendered, for women are exposed to specific health risks and vulnerabilities, often arising from stereotypical gender roles and bad living conditions in respective accommodations. In the public discourse around immigrant women are mostly perceived only in their role as mothers and caregivers, while their contribution to health care and their own health needs is neglected. The analysis refers to Bremen as a positive example for access to health care for immigrants in Germany with the “Bremer model” being exemplary for other German federal states. The Intersectionality Based Policy Analysis finally highlights that the constructed target groups are not homogeneous, but that their various needs, stories, vulnerabilities and potentials have to be incorporated into policy making to work towards health equity in Germany.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67985
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