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Potential benefits of pre-entry health assessment among labor migrants in the CIS context

Boris Sergeyev (Migration Health Department, IOM, Bureau in Moscow, Moscow, Russia)
Igor Kazanets (Migration Health Department, IOM, Bureau in Moscow, Moscow, Russia)

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

ISSN: 1747-9894

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Influx of labor migrants into Russia makes it necessary to put TB prevention measures in place, both inside and outside of Russian borders. While inside Russia TB response is premised on testing migrants applying for work or residence permits for diseases of public significance, millions of migrants – specifically, those working without completing necessary paperwork – evade this requirement. In light of that, the purpose of this paper is to propose introducing disease screening in migrant-sending countries, i.e. testing of potential migrants for infectious diseases in local medical institutions certified by Russian authorities.

Design/methodology/approach

To support the proposal, the authors provide review of official data on TB prevalence among migrants in Russia as well as publications on international experience with conducting disease screening in migrant-sending countries.

Findings

Available studies demonstrate that conducting disease screening programs in migrant-sending countries is associated with earlier detection of TB cases, shorter period of infectiousness and hospitalization, and significant savings in health budget.

Originality/value

Taking into account this experience, the authors propose introducing disease screening programs in CIS both under current legal arrangements and with the requirement for labor migrants to produce medical certificate when entering Russia being introduced. The need for trans-border cooperation in assuring positive health outcomes among labor migrants is also highlighted.

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Acknowledgements

Conflict of interests: authors declare no conflict of interests.

Citation

Sergeyev, B. and Kazanets, I. (2017), "Potential benefits of pre-entry health assessment among labor migrants in the CIS context", International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 265-276. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMHSC-11-2015-0047

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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