The report documents information on the activities and outputs of country missions covered by RO Vienna. It also includes some information on relevant publications available in the region.
Overall consolidated report of the migration health activities in the IOM South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asian (SEEECA) region in 2018. The report covers the activities of country missions and the regional office on Health Promotion and Assistance for Migrants (H2/MA) and Migration Health Assistance for Crisis-Affected Populations (H3/MP) programme.
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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 between 2013 and 2017 in 38 countries.
The project ‘Assistance for the Voluntary Return and Reintegration of Returnees to Pakistan’ (AVRR Pakistan) aims to contribute to Austria’s comprehensive management of migration through fostering the sustainable socio-economic reintegration of up to 50 asylum seekers, recognized refugees, persons under subsidiary protection and persons currently residing in Austria who do not or no longer fulfil the conditions for staying in Austria and wish to voluntarily return to Pakistan.
The project aims at providing assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) to vulnerable migrants (i.e. families, unaccompanied migrant children, single women, mothers with children, victims of trafficking, and migrants with medical health-related needs) currently residing in Israel who are in need of such international assistance. This is a 3 month bridge before the start of the new project funded by the EU where IOM and CIMI are also partnering.
The project envisages providing reintegration assistance for up to 90 persons. The reintegration measures will consist of a one-time payment of financial assistance worth EUR 500 to cover immediate living costs after return, an in-kind reintegration grant of up to EUR 2000 (e.g. means for business start ups, vocational training or education) and additional specific assistance for vulnerable persons, if needed.
SLM Vienna will support the State Documentation Service of the Austrian Federal Ministry for the Interior with the processing and answering of medical requests, thus helping the Federal Asylum Office to take informed decisions about the expectations of rejected and not admitted asylum applicants in view of their health condition.
IOM will contact the 31 Christian Iraqis who were selected by the Ministry for Interior for resettlement. As most cases are not in Baghdad neighbourhood, it will be up to the applicants to reach Baghdad for medical examination and travel. In Baghdad, the refugees will undergo medical screenings at the IOM clinic in order to ensure that refugees meet the requirements of the host country and are fit to travel. IOM will arrange exist visa for the refugees. For those who do not own passports, IOM will arrange for ICRC travel documents.
The main objective of this project is to assist the Austrian Government, represented by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior (MoI) in implementing the second part of the Humanitarian Admission Programme (HAP II) through which some 600 Syrian refugees from Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon (mainly, other locations are not excluded) will be transferred to Austria and admitted under humanitarian grounds.