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IASFM, the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration organizes the foremost international conference on research related to forced migration every two years..

IASFM, the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration organizes the foremost international conference on research related to forced migration every two years. It draws participants from all related fields, especially academia, researchers, practitioners, NGOs, and international organisations. The 2018 conference took place from 24 to 27 July 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece and was attended by over 500 participants.

Under the theme “Challenges and Frustrations in providing good quality accessible healthcare for migrants to Europe”, Dr. Hannah Bradby from Uppsala University in Sweden and Irini Anastassiou from CARDET in Cyprus presented results from the research conducted by the migHealthCare Consortium. The presentation,which drew from the results of both the literature review and focus group discussions that took place between June 2017 and April 2018, aimed to respond to the questions of:

  • What services are available for vulnerable migrants and refugees.
  • How accessible are such services
  • Do they address health inequalities for refugees
  • What could be improved

The final research results will be available soon.

Q&A

Q: "Migrants carry infectious diseases?"

A: (According to research) It was demonstrated that the presence of migrants and refugees in our countries do not pose a significantly increased risk for the general population to acquire infectious diseases.

Percentage of migrants arriving in a compromised health condition is between 2 and 5% and concerns mental health, pregnancy-related complications, cardiovascular disease and above all injuries due to incidents during migration route.

The majority of migrants/refugees who arrive to Europe are healthy. Only 2% to 5% have some sort of health problem which mostly concerns mental or pregnancy-related health issues, cardiovascular disease and above all injuries due to accidents or bad living conditions during the migrant journey.

WHO considers as the most frequent health problems among refugees and migrants “accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, gastrointestinal illnesses, cardiovascular diseases, pregnancy-related illnesses, diabetes, hypertension”.
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