Migrants At Increased Risk Of Becoming Ill In Transit, In Host Nations, WHO Report Says

The Guardian: Western lifestyles pose risk to migrants’ health, says WHO report
“Western culture and society pose more health risks to migrants and refugees than they do to host nations, according to a World Health Organization study. The first report on refugee and migrant health in the west by WHO Europe suggests new arrivals are at risk of falling ill while in transit to another country, but face further dangers when they arrive in a host nation because of unhealthy living conditions, poor diet, and the obesity epidemic…” (Topping, 1/21).

The Telegraph: Migrants pose no disease risk to settled population, report highlights
“…The WHO European region’s first ever report on the health of migrants and refugees seeks to dispel myths about refugees and migrants and stresses that they are unlikely to pass on disease to the host population in their new country. However, a breakdown in health systems in migrants’ country of origin and poor living conditions and sanitation on arrival or during their journey may increase their risk of contracting infectious diseases, a report says…” (Gulland, 1/21).

U.N. News: Migrants and refugees face higher risk of developing ill-health, says U.N. report on displaced people in Europe
“…Providing rights-based health care systems that are sensitive to the needs of migrants and refugees is included in the 2030 Agenda, which covers 17 Sustainable Development Goals, known as the SDGs, and targets, including universal health coverage…” (1/21).

VOA News: WHO: Migrants Do Not Bring Diseases Into Europe
“…The report is based on evidence from more than 13,000 documents. It provides a snapshot of the health of refugees and migrants who comprise about 10 percent of the nearly one billion population in 53 European countries. … WHO considers it critically important that European countries provide quality and affordable health care for all refugees and migrants, regardless of their legal status. Providing universal health coverage, it says, would significantly improve the well-being of both the displaced and host populations” (Schlein, 1/21).

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