Migration and Health

International Organisation for Migration

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is pleased to welcome you to the official website of the EU-Level Consultation on Migration Health – “Better Health for All”, which took place on 24-25th September 2009 in Lisbon, under the auspices of the Office of the Portuguese High Commissioner for Health and the Portuguese Ministry of Health. 

The EU-Level Consultation marked the 2nd anniversary of the European Conference “Health and Migration in the EU - Better Health for All in an Inclusive Society” (Lisbon, September 2007) organized under the Portuguese EU Presidency’s Health Programme.

The Office of the Portuguese High Commissioner for Health and IOM have supported European cooperation and dialogue in this field through partnership in the IOM-managed project “Assisting Migrants and Communities (AMAC): Analysis of Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities”.

Co-funded by the EC 2006 Health Programme, the AMAC project provides a platform for dialogue on migration health priorities and fosters engagement from policy-makers at all levels to tackle health inequalities in Europe. In addition to the Portuguese government, IOM partners in this initiative with leading European universities and specialized centres on migration health, as well as with the Spanish and Maltese governments.

As the final event of the AMAC project, the EU-Level Consultation gathered an audience of over 130 participants, composed of policy-makers from across Europe, as well as representatives from European institutions, international organisations, and stakeholders in academia and civil society. Furthermore, it sustained the presence of the migrant health theme onto the EU agenda.

The Consultation focused on five main themes: social determinants of health, legal and policy framework, research in migration health, capacity-building for health professionals, and maternal and child care. Background papers on these themes and policy initiatives by the EC, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Council of Europe and WHO, as well as the Spanish EU Presidency priorities in the field, were presented at the event. Please consult the presentations made at the event in the Programme section (Agenda).

The conclusions emerging from the EU-Level Consultation have been compiled in the AMAC project final report which includes sections on the policy background and on the goals and achievements of the project; conclusions are also summarised in a policy brief.


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Ten background papers on key migrant health topics in Europe have been produced in the framework of the AMAC project. Please download them in the Background Papers section of this website. You can also download the policy briefs that have been produced on each of the papers which summarize in each case the main points and recommendations.


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