Migrants and refugees have good health but are at risk of falling sick in transition or while staying in receiving countries due to poor living conditions, according to a new report by the World Health Organization.
The WHO says the report is the first of its kind and gives a snapshot of the health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European Region.
Some of the key findings of the report include:
- International migrants make up only 10% (90.7 million) of the total population in the WHO European Region. Less than 7.4% of these are refugees. In some European countries, citizens estimate that there are 3 or 4 times more migrants than there really are.
- Refugees and migrants are at lower risk for all forms of cancer, except cervical cancer. However, cancer in refugees and migrants is more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage, which can lead to considerably worse health outcomes than those of the host population.
- Depression and anxiety tend to affect refugees and migrants more than host populations. However, variation by migrant group and in the methods used to assess prevalence make it hard to draw firm conclusions.
To read the report click here.