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IOM releases study on the links between health needs, access to care, and sustainable reintegration of returnees

Medical stafMedical staff conducts a health check up on an Ethiopian migrant at a hospital in Bossaso before his return to Ethiopia with IOM’s assistance. © IOM 2020 / Muse MOHAMMEDf conducts a health check up on an Ethiopian migrant at a hospital in Bossaso before his return to Ethiopia with IOM’s assistance. © IOM 2020 / Muse MOHAMMED
Medical staff conducts a health check up on an Ethiopian migrant at a hospital in Bossaso before his return to Ethiopia with IOM’s assistance. © IOM 2020 / Muse MOHAMMED

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has released a new research study: "Health and Reintegration. Returning to Space but not to Time: A Life Course Approach to Migrants’ Health, Continuity of Care and Impact on Reintegration Outcomes".

The study was undertaken in 2022 by the EU-IOM Knowledge Management Hub (KMH) with the financial support of the European Union (EU), in collaboration with Samuel Hall, the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

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By following a mixed methods approach with fieldwork in Brazil, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Georgia, Pakistan, and Senegal, the main aim of the study was to explore the links between health needs, access to care and sustainable reintegration of returnee.

Focusing on four objectives, the research links the returnees’ individual health-related needs (including with regards to mental health) with the capacities and infrastructures for health services in the external environment, to learn from existing practices and make recommendations. 

Read the Full Report and Executive Summary to learn more about the findings and recommendations on how to improve the operationalization and standards on health provision in reintegration settings.

Do not hesitate to consult other knowledge products developed by the KMH, along with the fourth KMH study examining the effects of indebtedness on reintegration outcomes - to be released soon!