Spanish and Portuguese Programme 2018: Part ILanguage sessionChairs:
C. Jimenez Ruiz (Madrid, Spain), G. Zabert (Neuquén, Argentina)Aims:
Human migration will be a defining feature of the present era. Migration is a complex phenomenon that shapes multiple economic, social and security aspects of our daily lives in this increasingly interconnected world. While some migration is driven by negative circumstances such as conflicts, persecution, environmental degradation and lack of security and opportunity, another key motivation is that it can significantly improve people’s lives: after migrants from the poorest countries move to a developed country, their incomes improve by 15-fold and their child mortality rates drop by 16-fold. This has increased illegal migration to and the influx of refugees in developed countries. Consequently, illegal migration and refugees are increasingly being seen as high-priority policy issues by the public and many governments and throughout the world. With regard to public health, the referral populations of migrants and refugees often have high infectious disease burdens. Thus, the control of infectious diseases, in particular tuberculosis, in migrants should be a top priority for the foreseeable future. Note that the presentations will be conducted in Portuguese or Spanish and in English. Spanish/Portuguese and English versions of the slides will be projected simultaneously.