The Migration Health and Development Research Initiative (MHADRI) aims to advance evidence-informed global policies and practices that will improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities affected by migration.
We aim to develop an international community of practice focused on the generation of quality, ethical, and rights-based research to inform the development of policy and programming to improve the health and wellbeing of people on the move.
The IOM Migration Health Research Portal has established an interactive, open-source, searchable, repository of research publications on COVID-19 in relation to migrants, migration, and human mobility.
In partnership with MHADRI, migration health and COVID-19 related analysis, research, and commentaries will be analysed.
A series involving collaboration between MHADRI, IOM and the BMJ. Papers are policy perspectives and analytical pieces of up to 2000 words in length.
The BMJ encourages submissions from a diverse range of stakeholders. Perspectives from countries in the global south, and papers written collaboratively between researchers and policy makers are encouraged.
“Ensuring the integration of migrants and refugees in the response to COVID-19 requires knowing and understanding the existing scientific evidence. This mapping activity aims to identify and assess research publications on COVID-19 focusing on migration, migrants and human mobility; specifically mapping research productivity on COVID-19 in the context of migration health by author, country, institution/ organization, health theme, and migrant topic (i.e. migrant type and type of movement).
Results from this mapping activity will provide guidance to MHD colleagues and the public on concerns relevant to COVID-19 and migration health by making this available in the Migration Health Research Portal. The COVID-19 page in the portal will feature key publications.”
“Given the regional implications, countries in South Asia must “act in unison” to conceive public health for the entire region.  The Covid-19 Emergency Fund created by South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a promising step. However, an effective response requires greater regional cooperation, facilitating safe passage, and strong political commitment to universalise health and social protection, continue primary care and guarantee socio-economic rights. Ignoring poor migrants and those in informal economies nationally will not only erode lives but also impede national economic and social recovery from covid-19.”
“An inclusive approach to epidemic control requires detailed knowledge and information about all relevant population groups, including their demography, their cultural-linguistic and socio-economic needs and of course, their health and illness, including COVID-19. The benefits of ensuring that public health messages can be understood and help appropriately should be obvious for any public health campaign and are vital if COVID-19 is to be successfully controlled. It is also critical to understand potential benefits and costs of public health measures to all population groups, and to avoid inadvertently aggravating vulnerabilities, such as deterrence of health service access through police-enforced social distancing measures or separation of migrants from family and social support networks when being stranded due to border closures.
In many countries, rapidly applied and crude public health measures for COVID-19 are increasingly being fine-tuned in renewed efforts of deconfinement of populations. This phase will require detailed knowledge and information about the epidemic and active inclusion of all migrant population groups in healthcare and in epidemic control plans will not only be the right thing to do from a human rights perspective, but also vital to successful COVID-19 control going forward.”