Access and effective use of healthcare services by temporary migrants in Cyprus

Christalla Pithara*, Michalinos Zembylas, Mamas Theodorou

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose-This paper aims to discuss factors affecting temporary migrants' ability to access and make effective use of public and private healthcare services in the Republic of Cyprus (hereafter referred to as Cyprus). These factors are raised in the context of a larger study focusing on the healthcare needs of temporary migrants from non-EU countries living and working in Cyprus. Design/methodology/approach-Semi-structured interviews with 13 domestic workers and 17 students from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and the Philippines explored migrants' experiences with accessing and utilizing healthcare services in Cyprus. The theoretical framework utilized is grounded in the health capability approach which focuses on individuals' confidence and ability to be effective in achieving optimal health. Findings-The study highlights issues concerning the accessibility and acceptability of healthcare services which emerge as the result of both the organisation and delivery of healthcare services and social, political and economic structures. Research limitations/implications-The implications of this study are relevant in the current debate taking place at the EU level about the opportunities and challenges of temporary migration. Specifically, it is argued that governments and societies should promote individual freedoms and opportunities that empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Originality/value-Temporary migrants form a group whose experiences and needs have not been as extensively investigated as those of other migrant groups, particularly in Cyprus. The capability approach allows for assessing both policy and health systems taking into consideration equity and the impact of multi-sectoral influences on health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-85
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Access to care
  • Cyprus
  • European Union
  • Health capability
  • Health services
  • Immigrants
  • Temporary migrants
  • Third country nationals


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