May 2018 Volume 158, p1-202
Special issue on Migration: A global public health issue
Edited by Sian M Griffiths, Roger YN Chung
Migration: a core public health ethics issue
Wild, A. Dawson
Published online: March 29, 2018
Migration is a core issue of public health ethics and must take a case-based approach: seeking to identify the specific ethical dimensions and vulnerabilities in each particular context. Public health as a practice, built upon the core value of justice, requires the protection and promotion of migrants’ well-being (even if this produces tension with immigration services). Ethical analysis should take all phases of migration into account: before, during and after transit. We argue that migration policies, at least as they relate to migrants’ well-being, should be founded upon a shared humanity, respect for human rights and on the idea that effective public health cannot and should not be confined within the borders and to the citizens of any host country.