This publications portal is a repository of all IOM migration health publications from 2006 to present where IOM was a primary contributor.
Publications include peer-reviewed scientific papers, technical reports, training guides/manuals, policy briefs/discussion papers, factsheets, newsletters, research reviews, conference and poster presentations. These are categorized by topic, author, country/region covered as well as by year, language, and type of publication. The map reflects the countries covered by the publications.
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It builds upon the work of the booklet, Self-Help for Men Facing Crisis and Displacement, created by IOM in the Syrian Arab Republic and Lebanon from 2014–2015. The Handbook is available in English, Arabic, and German and is based on interviews and focus group discussions with Syrian men, as well as their female relatives. The text was developed by two psychosocial consultants and is accompanied by all-original artwork, created by Syrian artist Diala Brisly.
By presenting a low-…Read more
Health and Illness in Newly Arrived Migrants and Refugees Arriving at Europe's Shores: Analysis of the Electronic Personal Health Record System in Seven Countries
Author/s: Dominik Zenner, Ana Requena-Méndez, Steffen Schillinger, Elena Val, Kolitha Wickramage
Background: The electronic Personal Health (ePHR) Record is a health information system for newly arriving migrants that has been implemented in seven European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Serbia and Slovenia). This is a cross-sectional study of all migrants who attended as part of the health assessment programme established in the reception centres between 2016 and 2019 that provides a comprehensive overview of illness and health in the migrant cohort.…Read more
Author/s: Christiana Nöstlinger, Theo Cosaert, Ella Van Landeghem, Jef Vanhamel, Dominik Zenner, Jantine Jacobi, Teymur Noori, Anastasia Pharris, Alyna Smith, Rosalie Hayes, Elena Val, Elisabeth Waagensen, Elena Vovc, Sarita Sehgal, Marie Laga, Henk Van Renterghem
HIV epidemics in the EU/EEA (European Union/European Economic Area ) are increasingly diverse in terms of transmission modes and people affected. This systematic search and review synthesize the evidence on vulnerable migrants living in this region (including but not limited to people with irregular status). Review findings show that many migrants carry a higher HIV burden than the general population. Of concern are high proportions of post-migration HIV acquisition…
Migration and mental health care in the European Union. In: Dinesh Bhugra (ed) Oxford Textbook of Migrant Psychiatry
Author/s: Guglielmo Schininà, Geertrui Lanneau
This chapter analyses legal and factual aspects of the provision of mental health care for migrants in the European Union (EU), framing migrants’ access to mental health care within the wider contexts of migration in the EU, the EU’s policies for migrants’ integration and access to health care, and EU policies on mental health care for all. The rates of various psychiatric disorders may vary across migrant groups and host populations. The issue of how services can be made more accessible for…Read more
Author/s: Dominik Zenner
Despite significant efforts, for example within the EU/ EEA, there are currently only few Health information systems (HIS) which are standardized across international borders, and even within countries there can be significant variations. Modalities, technologies and terminologies differ. In the field of migration health, challenges and variations can be more significant. This talk will explore the specific challenges in migration health-…
Health information management in the context of forced migration in Europe. In: Fargues P., Rango M. (eds) Migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean: Trends, risks, development and governance
Author/s: Dominik Zenner, Kolitha Prabash Wickramage, Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Alberto Maateeli, Valentina Marchese, Ines Campos-Matos, Mariam Abdelkarim-Spiekerman
This chapter provides an overview of health data among migrants on the Central Mediterranean Route, using a case-based approach. It outlines how data are currently collected and what are the strengths and weaknesses of these health information systems. Examples from Libya, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and a transnational electronic health record system show the variety of systems in place. Current health information systems that capture migrant health are very heterogenous, often not…Read more
Refugee and Migrant Health in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Assessment tool for response at municipal level in the WHO European Region
Author/s: WHO Regional Office for Europe
This assessment tool is to support municipalities and local authorities in identifying the risks and vulnerabilities that refugees and migrants face and to identify gaps where possible methods to minimize the impact of the pandemic exist so that they can be prioritized within local policy processes. Specific challenges arise from the increased diversity in health determinants, needs and health-seeking cultures and behaviours of these populations: many refugees and migrants in vulnerable…Read more
Migrant Health in the Nexus of Universal Health Coverage and Global Health Security. In: Romaniuk S., Thapa M., Marton P. (eds) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies
Author/s: Federica Viello, Elena Val, Dominik Zenner
In this chapter, Global Health Security and Universal Health Coverage are analyzed underlining the possible synergies and differences between them and the links to health, even as the two take very different routes and approaches. The actors engaged in each approach may often belong to the same entity, but they may also differ in terms of their focus, competences, and understanding of the societal needs. The two approaches are presented separately and then weaved together to demonstrate how…Read more
Overview of Migration and Health in Europe. In: Alexander Krämer, Florian Fischer (eds) Refugee Migration and Health: Challenges for Germany and Europe (part of the Migration, Minorities and Modernity book series (MMMO, volume 4)
Author/s: Isabelle Beauclercq, Federica Viello, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict, Elena Val
The dramatic rise in migration flows to Europe over the last few years has reaffirmed the importance of integrating migrants into European health systems. Most migrants arriving in Europe are healthy. Nevertheless, the conditions and factors surrounding the migration process, such as circumstances before departure, during travel and in reception settings, determine the health vulnerabilities of migrants and the communities with which they interact. Furthermore,…
Author/s: Sweetmavourneen Pernitez-Agan, Kolitha Wickramage, Catherine Yen, Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, Tarissa Mitchell and Dominik Zenner
The year 2015 marked the highest number of refugees globally and included record numbers of Syrians moving to neighboring countries. Half of the Syrians were children aged ≤18 years. Our study sought to examine undernutrition and overnutrition among a group of Syrian refugee children who underwent medical screening by IOM for resettlement.
This is a retrospective review of Syrian refugee children aged 6 to 59 months from January 1…