France

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The share of people in precarious situations continues to increase. Unfortunately, this phenomenon can be accentuated in a rural environment where some areas are affected by the unequal distribution of healthcare provision.

Médecins du Monde plaide pour la reconnaissance des mineurs non accompagnés comme des enfants en danger. © Olivier Papegnies

The number of children is increasing among exiles. Today, in Europe, more than one exile in three is a minor. Among these children and adolescents, some of them are alone, without their parents.

Drug users, like sex workers, are stigmatised and penalised because of their practices.

Personnes se prostituant attendant pour être reçues par MdM

Sex workers are extremely vulnerable. They face social isolation and problems with housing, their administrative status and health insurance.

More than three million people in France today are affected by poverty – that’s 14.3 % of the population.

Poverty and exclusion force almost 20,000 people to live in slums, of which there are at least 429 in France.

Vulnerable foreign nationals, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors... For all migrants living in France, access to healthcare is difficult.

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While specific circumstances may vary, life on the street or in substandard housing has a direct influence on people’s health.

 
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