Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing 1+3
Health and Social Sciences, UWE Bristol
Start date: September 2021
Research topic: The importance of sexual and reproductive rights for undocumented migrants and their practical inaccessibility in the UK’s ‘hostile environment’
NHS charging practices within the ‘hostile environment’ have caused access to care for undocumented migrants to be the exception, rather than the rule. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the severely compromised sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) of undocumented women residing in the UK, with consequences of accessing such care ranging from extortionate medical bills to deportation. This indicates a severe disparity between healthcare rights in theory, and healthcare rights in practice. Through an ethnographic exploration, I hope to encapsulate the importance of SRR for displaced women, as well as their practical experiences accessing these rights.
Research supervisors: Michal Nahman, Sheelagh McGuiness