Preventing and Mitigating the Impacts of COVID-19 Among Im/migrants in British Columbia: Rapid Mixed-Methods Data to Inform Policy and Programmes.
In BC, migrants make up >25% of residents and are overrepresented in crucial roles as essential workers (eg, temporary foreign workers), yet may be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and face barriers to healthcare access. Despite purported shifts to ‘universal’ coverage for COVID-related care, many im/migrants report severe ongoing inequities, including gaps in healthcare coverage, unsafe living/working conditions, and confusion about how changes are put in practice. Rapid transition to virtual service delivery may also compound inequities due to language or technology barriers. We will use health system data and interviews to understand migrants’ experiences with COVID-19 related care and health services coverage to ensure “no one is left behind” in the COVID-19 response and beyond.