The editorial argues that failure to integrate migration variables within the health information systems in many countries in the MENA region means that, to date, there has been an absence of comprehensive and disaggregated epidemiological data on infectious disease prevalence (including COVID-19), outbreaks, and vaccine coverage, making it difficult to map health disparities and inform evidence-based policy and service delivery.
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.
This project will develop a digital archive for the files of migrants assisted by IOM under the Return and Emigration of Aliens from the Netherlands (REAN). The project will support the implementation of REAN and the other AVRR projects in 2016 and future years, through efficient information retrieval, improved processing time, and the reduction of the archive rental.
This project will contribute to enhancing sustainable return and reintegration of migrants with a (chronic) medical condition residing in the Netherlands.