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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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,…
Shedding light on governance for Roma health inequities
Author/s: Marta Escobar-Ballesta, Manuel Garcia-Ramirez, Daniella Miranda, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict
The health inequities suffered by the Roma population in Europe represent an alarming and unacceptable source of injustice. As the main ethnic minority in Europe, the gap between the health conditions of the Roma and the rest of the population poses a challenge to human rights and public health. Many political efforts have been deployed in Europe to tackle these inequities. However, they have fallen short, even causing paradoxical consequences. In this paper, we argue that…Read more
Why we shouldn’t use the term “illegal migrant” (Views and Reviews)
Author/s: David Ingleby, Allan Krasnik, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict
Words have consequences, especially in situations where strong emotions, as well as social and political conflicts, are endemic. Raj Bhopal’s rapid response in The BMJ, in which he objected to the use of the phrase “illegal migrant” on the grounds that only actions, not persons, can be deemed illegal, merits further reflection and dissection.
Some people think that those who protest against this phrase are taking sides with migrants in conflict with the law, in a futile…
The MIPEX Health strand: a longitudinal, mixedmethods survey of policies on migrant health in 38 countries
Author/s: David Ingleby, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict, Thomas Huddleston, Elena Sanchez
Background Within health systems, equity between migrants and native-born citizens is still a long way from being achieved. Benchmarking the equitability of policies on migrant health is essential for monitoring progress and identifying positive and negative aspects of national policies. For this purpose, the 2015 round of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) was expanded to include a strand on health, in a collaborative project carried out…
Migrant and refugee populations: a public health and policy perspective on a continuing global crisis
Author/s: Mohamed Abbas, Tammam Aloudat, Javier Bartolomei, Manuel Carballo, Sophie Durieux-Paillard, Laure Gabus, Alexandra Jablonka, Yves Jackson, Kanokporn Kaojaroen, Daniel Koch, Esperanza Martinez, Marc Mendelson, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict, Sotirios Tsiodras, Derek Christie, Mirko Saam, Sally Hargreaves, Didier Pittet
The 2015–2017 global migratory crisis saw unprecedented numbers of people on the move and tremendous diversity in terms of age, gender and medical requirements. This article focuses on key emerging public health issues around migrant populations and their interactions with host populations. Basic needs and rights of migrants and refugees are not always respected in regard to article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 23 of the Refugee Convention.…Read more
Migrants and health data: concerns and solutions
Author/s: J Friedland, S Hargreaves, L Jones, P Mladovsky, M Norredam, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict
Identifying key migrant health issues and how to respond to them requires data. Health systems need migrant specific data to develop appropriate evidence-based services. Improving data collection on migrant health has the potential to be of major benefit for these communities but may be challenging due to their high mobility and a lack of availability of patient records across countries. Even more concerning is that data collected for health reasons may end up with immigration officials and…Read more
Infectious disease health services for refugees and asylum seekers during a time of crisis: A scoping study of six European Union countries
Author/s: Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Mariya Samuilova, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict, Enrico Girardi, Pierluca Piselli, Alexander Kentikelenis
Immigration detention and health in Europe
Author/s: Barbara Rijks, Caroline Schultz, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict, Mariya Samuilova
In Europe, irregular migrants and rejected asylum-seekers still face detention. This chapter examines the most important aspects related to health in the context of immigration detention in Europe. Reviewing the literature and drawing on field evidence from IOM projects, it identifies the main health conditions of migrants in detention and looks into the common EU standards set in the Return Directive and the Reception Condition Directive as well as the relevant non-…Read more
Recommendations on access to health services for migrants in an irregular situation: an expert consensus
Author/s: David Ingleby, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict
This document has been produced within the framework of the IOM’s EQUI-HEALTH project (Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma, and other vulnerable groups), in collaboration with COST Action IS1103 ADAPT (Adapting European health systems to diversity). The recommendations reflect a consensus that was developed in the course of a series of joint international meetings in 2012-2016 attended by experts on migration, health policy,…Read more
Italy Health Situation at EU's Southern Borders – Assessment Report
Author/s: IOM MHD RO Brussels, Giuliana Urso, Roumyana Petrova-Benedict, Emanuela Del Zotto
This document has been developed within the framework of the EQUI-HEALTH project ("Fostering health provision for migrants, the Roma, and other vulnerable groups”) EC/DG SANTE co-funded Southern EU Border component (MH SEUB) to present the findings of the IOM desk review and field work held in Sicily - Italy from 4th to 18th September 2013. The Eui-Health desk review and field work assessment aim to address: 1) migrants ' health; 2) occupational health; and 3) public…Read more