Resources - International Organisations

International Organisation for Migration

Sweetmavourneen Pernitez-Agan  and four colleagues

This review identified 276 publications about migration health and COVID-19 published between 1 January and 20 May 2020. More than half were by authors from China or the US.  They were mainly about disease epidemiology and mathematical modelling, public health interventions and clinical management.   There were few  studies involving specific migrant populations  and these were limited to international students, migrant workers, immigrants, migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

This publications portal is a repository of all IOM migration health publications from 2006 to present where IOM was a primary contributor. Among over 800 publications are peer-reviewed scientific papers, technical reports, training guides/manuals, policy briefs/discussion papers, factsheets, newsletters, research reviews, conference and poster presentations. These are categorised by topic, author, country/region covered as well as by year, language, and type of publication.

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World Health Organisation
  • WHO Europe - Collection and integration of data on refugee and migrant health in the WHO European Region - Policy Brief and Technical Guidance (December 2020)

Multi-author team led by Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Reliable, consistent and good-quality data are essential to address health inequality among refugees and migrants and ensure their equitable health status in a population. Many Member States lack the routine systems to collect the necessary data. Key issues include: health data are available but cannot be disaggregated by migratory status; migratory status data exist but are not linked with health data; and the currently available migration health data are not representative of all migrant populations. Challenges include: the heterogeneity of migrants, with varying terminology for what constitutes a migrant; lack of trust in the authorities and health institutions that collect data; and language barriers and difficulty accessing migrant subgroups. The policy brief outlines all the elements needed to overcome the current shortcomings and summarises the policy requirements at national and regional levels. These are described in more detail in the technical guidance. 

World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Programme on Health and Migration.

This is a preliminary overview of the self-reported impact of Covid-19 on migrants and refugees around the world. It is based on responses to an online questionnaire completed by over 28,000 people originating in 170 countries. Three out of four respondents reported that COVID-19 had had a significantly negative impact on their lives.

Other International Organisations

Lilla Farkas for the European Commission.

This is an analysis and comparative review of equality data collection practices in the European Union. It demonstrates the shortcomings of such data collection at the national level, including the stigmatising effect of the use of migrant categories, as well as their inability to capture the population whose situation they seek to measure.  

This index is a useful tool to evaluate and compare what governments are doing to promote the integration of migrants in all the 52 countries currently analysed.  A large number of recently updated reports were published in 2020.