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Mission statement Lampion

Lampion aims to improve the access to (health) care for undocumented migrants by providing information and advice on specific aspects of health care. As health care provision to undocumented migrants acts on the interface of both immigration laws and (public) health legislation, it is often a labyrinth for health care professionals, volunteers and undocumented migrants themselves. Lampion assists these people in providing (or receiving) proper care.

Lampion: a network organisation

Lampion is a formal co-operation between several national organisations. Members of the platform are the National Mental Health Organisation (GGZ Nederland) and the Public Healthcare Organisation (GGD Nederland), the General Practitioners Association (LHV), the SOA/AIDS organisation, the Dutch Council for Refugees, the Tuberculosis Foundation (KNCV), the Union of directors in healthcare (NVZD), The Johannes Wier Foundation and Doctors of the World (Médicins du Monde).
A few other national organisations are also part of the platform and cooperate on demand.  

Pharos is a Dutch knowledge and advisory centre, specialised in the field of health care for refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and other migrants. Its mission is to assists professionals and organisations that want to improve the provision of (health) care services to refugees and migrants. Pharos accommodates the Lampion services:

  • website with information on financial issues, legal matters, housing and basic medical rights.  
  • Helpdesk:
  • Lampion fulfils an important role in identifying bottlenecks and trends and notifying authorities and other relevant parties.

Establishment of Lampion: why?

· Linkage Act in 1998: access to health insurance for undocumented migrant is blocked.
· However: care providers and hospitals must grant medically necessary care to undocumented migrants.

To compensate the costs made by care providers/hospitals, two arrangements apply:

  1. Linkage Fund for first-line medical care (general practitioners, obstetricians, pharmacy etc.). 
  2. The regulation Doubtful Debtors for the second-line medical care (hospitals). 

Psychiatric institutions, provisions for disabled persons and rehabilitation clinics are excluded from this regulation. Undocumented migrants can appeal to the immigration laws for a temporary residence permit, where upon they are granted a health insurance.

Indicators 2006-2007

  • Shift of inquiries on male undocumented migrants in 2006 to inquiries on female patients in 2007 (Q1/Q2). 
  • Significant increase in the number of questions concerning pregnancy and HIV/Aids.
  • Strong increase of the number of children in need of necessary care. 
  • Many problems occurred in the access to psychiatry and rehabilitation clinics. The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants aims at promoting respect for the human rights of undocumented migrants within Europe.