This line of action focuses on increasing equitable access to comprehensive, timely, quality health services for all people, including the migrant population, without discrimination and with a people- and community- centered approach. It is essential to determine specific barriers to access and define specific interventions, for example, facilitating linguistic, intercultural, and financial support to improve access to health services for migrant and host populations. Existing mechanisms in place should be strengthened to increase health services capacity in areas with a high influx of migrant populations. Services should cover the continuum of care, including promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation based on the health needs ascertained.
In general, migrants do not pose an additional health security threat to host communitiesxxiv. Initial screening— not limited to infectious diseases—can be an effective public health instrument, but should be nondiscriminatory and non-stigmatizing, and carried out to the benefit of the individual and the public; it should also be linked to accessing treatment, care and support. It is unlikely to be necessary if health systems are strong and capable.