Vulnerable foreign nationals, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors... For all migrants living in France, access to healthcare is difficult. Unreasonable demands for supporting documents made by health insurance agencies, increasing numbers of conditions imposed for access to State Medical Aid, difficulties in providing a fixed address – these are all obstacles which prevent people from accessing healthcare.
Migrants suffer from many different conditions, including respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, dental problems, back pain, skin infections and high blood pressure. Some have left their countries because their lives were at risk and others have gone through terrible ordeals in order to reach France. And their physical pain is often accompanied by severe psychological problems (depression, anxiety and psychosomatic conditions).