Qualitative Sozialforschung




Health care provision for migrants: Ethical challenges in Germany and the UK/England

Title: Health care provision for migrants:
Ethical challenges in Germany and the UK/England
Principle Investigator: Dr. Katja Kuehlmeyer
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Georg Marckmann, Prof. Dr. Hella von Unger
Staff: Corinna Klingler, Dennis Odukoya
Collaborators: Prof. Dr. Richard Huxtable (Bristol, UK); Prof. Dr. Oliver Razum (Bielefeld, Germany); Munich Center for Ethics, LMU Munich
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany)
Duration: March 1 2015 to February 28 2017
Call for abstracts: Deadline: September 1 2015
Workshop: March 14 - 18 2016

This international workshop will offer young scholars the opportunity to discuss challenges in the public health care provision for migrants. Comparing the situations in Germany and the United Kingdom, the workshop is organized around the following research question: “What are ethically acceptable strategies to deal with challenges in the public health care provision for migrants?”.

We will approach the subject by discussing the works and findings of the workshop participants. Furthermore we will invite experts to share their knowledge with the participants. Additionally, we will gain practical insights from excursions. The workshop will be structured in the following way: First, we will discuss how certain groups are categorized as “migrants” or “ethnic minorities” and how this influences the knowledge production on their specific health concerns. Second, we will look at the challenges they face upon entering the healthcare system on a system level. We will ask what legal barriers exist and reflect on the reasons for exclusion from or inclusion in the healthcare system of certain types of migrants. Further barriers (e.g. language) will be identified. It will be crucial not only to describe them, but to discuss how responsibility for removing them can be distributed. Last, we will deal with challenges on a micro level, e.g. value conflict in intercultural situations.

PhD-students and postdoctoral researchers are able to benefit from the workshop by presenting their theses to an international and interdisciplinary audience. Taking part in the workshop will allow them to develop their transdisciplinary communication skills. They will have the opportunity to network with other researchers (peers and experts) and to develop ideas for future collaborative projects. Furthermore, the workshop will generate results that are relevant to modern pluralistic societies and their health care systems.