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Ethnic Minority and Migrant Women’s Struggles in Accessing Healthcare During COVID-19: An Intersectional Analysis

Germain, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-2697-6039 & Yong, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3939-6781 (2022). Ethnic Minority and Migrant Women’s Struggles in Accessing Healthcare During COVID-19: An Intersectional Analysis. Journal for cultural research, doi: 10.1080/14797585.2021.2012090

Abstract

This paper aims to show that the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing barriers to healthcare in England for ethnic minority and migrant women. These barriers include those embedded within the institution, stemming from community perceptions and relating to socio-economic factors. Though barriers to accessing healthcare have existed long before the pandemic, more attention must be devoted now because of the inequalities that COVID-19 has laid bare in England for ethnic minority and migrant women. By adopting an intersectional lens, this paper uncovers what has previously been hidden by ‘intersectional invisibility’, now exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the pandemic has seen an increase in focus on inequalities related to race, gender and immigration status, this paper adds to the literature by specifically considering the intersection of race and gender, and immigration status and gender, in the context of inequalities relating to healthcare. We argue that ethnic minority and migrant women experience inequalities in healthcare related to access uniquely because of their intersectional identities and the context of a public health crisis.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Journal of Cultural Research. Germain, S. & Yong, A. (2021). Ethnic Minority and Migrant Women’s Struggles in Accessing Healthcare During COVID-19: An Intersectional Analysis is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: COVID-19, access to healthcare, intersectionality, ethnic minority, migrant, women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
The City Law School > Institute for the Study of European Laws
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
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