Greece, Italy, Malta, Cyprus worried about health risks of illegal migration

14:02, April 06, 2011      

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Representatives of Greece, Italy, Malta and Cyprus pointed out the potential health risks of illegal migration when addressing a meeting in Godollo, near Budapest, of European Union health ministers.

They voiced their concerns in the light of the upheaval in North Africa and the migration wave triggered by people fleeing from conflict zones.

The four countries issued a position paper warning that the illegal migration was likely to increase in coming months posing a health risk to the people in the EU because of the geographically disparate epidemiological situation and the poorer general health status of the illegal immigrants. The statement called for tighter monitoring of health anomalies and effective management of risks to EU residents caused by contagious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and sexually transmitted diseases.

The four countries called for an EU-wide effort, warning that the problem could not be alleviated on national level. They proposed designing a health protection program to cover the entire European Union.

Source: Xinhua
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