Migration Health Research Bulletin, Issue No. 24

The issue of the Bulletin features studies, reports, and guides related to COVID-19, HIV, tuberculosis, and other topics relevant to migration and health.

The audio podcast episode discusses the electronic Personal Health Record (ePHR) which is a health information system that registers health data on newly arriving migrants, and how the ePHR was used to describe the health problems and health status of migrants.

Addressing the Health challenges in immigration detention, and alternatives to detention: A country implementation guide

This country implementation guide outlines current evidence, knowledge and best practices relating to the health and health challenges of refugees and migrants in immigration detention, as well as alternatives to detention. It highlights key principles and international commitments, summarizes the current status and health challenges and provides practical considerations for addressing the health challenges of refugees and migrants in immigration detention, as well as the implementation of alternatives to detention.

Migration Health Research Bulletin, Issue No. 6

A book launched last July on the analysis of migration and health-related laws, policies and legal frameworks that impact access to health and malaria services in the Greater Mekong Subregion is profiled. Three articles are presented; the first from IOM Thailand on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients from the Thailand-Myanmar border; the second from IOM Russia on pre-entry health assessment among labour migrants in the CIS; and lastly, from IOM Belgium on health-related aspects in the context of immigration detention in Europe.

Reflections on migrant and refugee health in Malaysia and the ASEAN region

Migrants and refugees face challenges accessing both healthcare and good social determinants of health in Malaysia. Participants at the “Migrant and Refugee Health in Malaysia workshop, Kuala Lumpur, 9-10 November 2017” scoped these challenges within the regional ASEAN context, identifying gaps in knowledge and practical steps forward to improve the evidence base in the Malaysia.

Immigration detention and health in Europe

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-binding resolutions of the Council of Europe.

Health vulnerabilities study of mixed migration flows from the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region to Southern Africa

The study investigated and analysed Health Vulnerabilities of mixed migration flows from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Somalia en route to Southern Africa. The main aim of the study was to generate data that responds to the policy needs of mixed migration flows between the concerned regions and to improve the health conditions of migrants throughout the process.

MIPEX Health Strand Country Report: United Kingdom

This report was 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 and the Migrant Policy Group (MPG), with the financial contribution of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health, Food Safety (SANTE), through the Consumers, Health, Agriculture, and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) and IOM.