"The health needs of refugees and migrants are often neglected or unaddressed in the countries they pass through or settle in."

- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyeseus

WHO Director General

Credits: World Health Organization (WHO)

Health Crisis Among Refugees And Migrants Worldwide

There are ~1 billion migrants globally, about 1 in 8 of the global population.

Refugees and migrants remain among the most vulnerable members of society faced often with inadequate access to health services, despite frequently occurring physical and mental health problems (World Health Organization).

Credits: Cochrane Mental Health

"Unfortunately, most refugees and survivors of forced displacement do not receive needed mental health care due to scarcity of services, lack of access to qualified care, and stigma against mental disorders."

-Dr. Suzan Song, MD, MPH, Ph.D.

Humanitarian Child & Adult Psychiatrist

Immigrant And Refugee Mental Health

Factors Contributing To Migrants' Poor Access To Healthcare

  • Financial Hardships

  • No Health Insurance

  • Language Barrier

  • Lack Of Education

  • Less Awareness About Their Health Issues

  • Risk factors for mental health problems may be experienced during all phases of the displacement and migratory process and in settling in the host country.

  • Prevalence of PTSD among refugees who have been exposed to very stressful and threatening experiences is indicated to be higher than in the host populations.

  • Prevalence of depression and anxiety tends to be higher than in host populations but variation by migrant group and in the methods used to assess prevalence makes it hard to draw firm conclusions.

  • Poor socioeconomic conditions, such as unemployment or isolation, are associated with increased rates of depression in refugees after resettlement.

Key Points

Facts And Numbers

Credits: Migration Policy Institute

Credits: WHO

The Strategy and Action Plan for Refugee and Migrant Health outlines nine strategic areas and five indicators to monitor its implementation.

Strategies Suggested By WHO

ImmiHealth connects migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to health education and resources and decreases their medical costs, ultimately improving their experience navigating healthcare in foreign countries like the United States.

How Does ImmiHealth Alleviate This Crisis?