Compassion Protocol

Didier Fassin

in Humanitarian Reason

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780520271166
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950481 | DOI:
Compassion Protocol

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This chapter focuses on the development and implementation of French law that automatically granted residence rights to any immigrant who is habitually resident in France and suffers from a serious condition requiring medical treatment, and for whom deportation would result in exceptionally serious consequences as he or she would be unable to receive appropriate treatment in the country to which he or she is returned. This law was a part of the circular published on June 24, 1997 by Jean-Pierre Chevènementthe, minister of the interior of the new left-wing government in France and it resulted after persistent campaigning by immigrant support organizations. The chapter also discusses the activities of the public medical officers who scrutinized the requests and the tactics deployed by immigrants to defend their rights and sometimes manipulate the law itself.

Keywords: residence rights; France; deportation; Jean-Pierre Chevènementthe; immigrants; immigrant support organizations

Chapter.  10830 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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