The human right to health:exploring disability, migration and health

Burns, Nicola (2017) The human right to health:exploring disability, migration and health. Disability and Society, 32 (10). pp. 1463-1484. ISSN 0968-7599

PDF (DS Burns resubmissionJuly2017 (1))
DS_Burns_resubmissionJuly2017_1_.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial.

Download (831kB)


Across the globe, an estimated one billion people are on the move today, of whom 244 million are international migrants. Not only have global horizons expanded in the realm of work and study; global conflict and exploitation have resulted in forced migration. Migration is a political issue, which raises questions of identity, citizenship, diversity and integration and is utilised to play upon the fear of the stranger, the ‘Other’ and difference in contemporary society. Disabled migrants are a hidden population whose experiences are often overlooked or subsumed within wider debates around disability and ethnicity. This article considers the intersection of disability and migration in contemporary society through the lens of healthcare access. Reflecting on the impact of citizenship rights on the realisation of human rights in the context of contemporary migration, using health as an example, the article considers the implications for disabled migrants, focusing primarily on the European Union.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Disability and Society
Additional Information:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability & Society on 05/09/2017, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords:
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
27 Nov 2017 16:02
Last Modified:
15 Sep 2023 00:36