3 February, 2023

WHO report shows that many vulnerable migrant refugees have poorer health

Migration greatly affects health and well-being, and refugees and migrants remain one of the most vulnerable and neglected groups in many countries.

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

All over the world, million refugees and migrants, such as low-skilled migrant workers, live in a situation of vulnerability and have worse health than the population of their host countries, especially when their living and working conditions are poor.

This is one of the conclusions of the first WHO World Report on the health of refugees and migrants, in which it is pointed out that this serious problem has dire consequences and will make it difficult to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals related to the health of these population groups.

The doctor. Explained Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), has pointed out that almost one in eight people is a migrant, and in total there are about 1000 million migrants in the world.

Migration greatly affects health and well-being, and refugees and migrants remain one of the most vulnerable and neglected groups in many countries.

In this report, which is the first in which a global examination of the health of these people is carried out, urgent and coordinated action is urged so that refugees and migrants around the world can enjoy health services that take into account their needs.

further, it highlights the urgent need to tackle the root causes of migration and radically reorient health systems to adapt to the growing dynamism of the world, adds the WHO Director-General.

Based on an extensive literature review from around the world, this report demonstrates that the health of refugees and migrants is in principle not inferior to that of host populations, rather, the worsening of his health is due rather to the repercussions of various factors, such as deficiencies in education, income, housing and access to services, which are aggravated by language barriers, cultural, legal and other factors and by the interconnection of all these factors throughout life.

(With information from the WHO official site in Spanish)