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ISSN 1726-22246
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19 Oct 2015

International Dialogue on Migration N°6 - Health and Migration: Bridging the Gap

The Seminar on Health and Migration was initiated in recognition of the need to assess the public health implications of increasingly mobile populations, and to integrate health policies into migration management strategies. This seminar was held in Geneva from 9 to 11 June 2004 with the co-sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It brought together health and migration officials from around the globe to exchange views on migration health policy concerns, perspectives and experiences.

This publication details the broad range of issues discussed during the seminar. Panels of experts encouraged debate on topics such as the use of pre-departure health assessments, the need to address the mental health of migrants, healthcare access for irregular migrants, and the migration of healthcare workers. The records of the discussions contained in the following chapters set out the main challenges and areas for policy reform, such as the need for programme support, local capacity building, information-sharing and communication of best practices.

  • Executive Summary
  • Report of the Meeting
  • Objectives and Structure of the Meeting
  • Session I: Health and Migration Challenges
    • Migration Perspective
    • Health Perspective
    • Bridging Health and Migration
  • Session II: Public Health and Migration
    • A. Population Mobility and Public Health
    • B. Managing Global Public Health: Partnerships and Developing Bridging Public Health Programmes
  • Session III: Migration and Health Policies
    • A. Investing in Migration Health
    • B. Migration of Healthcare Workers
  • Session IV: The Way Forward
    • A. What is Foreseen for the Future?
    • B. Where Can We Go from Here?
  •  Closing Remarks on the Theme " Benefits of Investing in Migration Health
  • Action Points