“Racism And Hate” At Root Of Migrant Health Fears: Study

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New study claims Fox News attacks on refugees and migrants based on ‘White Nationalist Propaganda’

| Common Dreams .org – A new study published on Thursday in The Lancet, one of the world’s preeminent medical journals, makes clear the increasingly familiar attacks used by right-wingers worldwide to dehumanize migrants and refugees by describing them as disease-infested is a xenophobic slur rooted in racism and hate, not facts or the science of public health. Migrants Want “Better Amenities,” Entry to U.S.

The two-year analysis by two dozen experts at universities including Johns Hopkins and Columbia found that international migrants are less likely than people born in their new countries to die of conditions including heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses, and others.

The notion that immigrants like the small group of asylum-seekers who traveled from Central American countries to the U.S.-Mexico border recently are unhealthy and will bring disease into the U.S. “is a false argument that is used to keep migrants out,” one of the study’s authors, Dr. Paul Spiegel of the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins, told NBC News.

The report, published in the Lancet on Wednesday, follows a number of xenophobic, fear-mongering segments on Fox News in which media personalities—after spending weeks claiming that the group of refugees was made up of criminals—resorted to a new tactic, dubbing the group a “caravan of diseases”—provoking outrage but not surprise on social media.

Ironically, President Donald Trump’s immigration policies may contribute to poor health among the migrants whose right to claim asylum in the U.S. he has aggressively attacked.

Immigrants who enter into a society with diseases are likely to have become ill in refugee camps or detention centers they’re forced into upon arrival, like the more than 200 centers immigrants are currently being held in the U.S., Spiegel noted.

“It’s not migrants or migration itself that is spreading disease,” he told NBC … Read more. 

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