The impact of national values on health-care provisions for asylum seekers and refugees in Germany and Sweden
An important aspect of refugees’ mid- to long-term integration into a host country’s society is their access to the respective health-care system. This article sheds light on the regulation of this access in Germany and Sweden, i.e. two main destination countries in Europe. Drawing on the concept of national values as defined by Marmor et al. (2006), the article identifies different sets of norms and values in, and their impact on, national asylum and health policies. Specifically, the article discusses in a comparative analysis how these policies are shaped by national values regarding the general normative fundaments of society, as well as the roles and responsibilities attributed to state actors and individuals in the context of health care.
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