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Volume 136, 2022MATTERS OF CONTAINMENT. Material approaches to the handling of threats in the modern world. 3rd International Conference of the Quarantine Studies Network (QSN)
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|Published online||22 March 2022|
Emigration and public health: the sanitary question in the control of Portuguese emigrants, 1890s-1950s
Instituto de História Contemporánea, FCSH, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal
Human mobility represents a privileged field for analysing epidemic propagation, as well as identification and control practises at a world scale. Migrants are at the same time agents of disease dissemination and vulnerable persons highly exposed to epidemics in transit spaces such as city ports, ships, and settlement sites in the countries of origin. This paper aims to analyse how a country with a long and strong tradition in transatlantic and European migration, such as Portugal, incorporated concerns of Public Health in the policies and management of massive migration exits from the nineteenth century until the 1950s, particularly through the directives for the control and prevention of epidemics. In this way, we will analyse the intersection of two general state policies, epidemic control and migration surveillance.
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