The Lancet Commission on Migration and Health published their comprehensive report last week. The Commission makes a timely contribution to contemporary global discussions on migration and health, and provides new empirical insights and a series of important policy recommendations. Critically, the report highlights the urgent need to address political and public rhetoric, and to challenge pervasive myths relating to migration and health. The report which recognises migration and health as a global health priority, is open access – a simple, free online registration with the Lancet is required to access content.
Commissioners and Steering Group members included MHADRI members Ibrahim Abubakar (Chair of the Commission), Rachel Burns, Davide Mosca, Michael Knipper, and Paul Spiegel. MHADRI member Kolitha Wickramage co-authored a commentary that accompanies the report.
The newly published UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, including commentaries and side papers can be found here. For interactive figures from the report please click here. The Commission addresses one of the defining issues of our time and presents evidence based approaches to inform public discourse and policy to address migration as a global health priority, including proposing recommendations for maximising the health of all people on the move. It is the result of a two-year project led by 20 leading experts from 13 countries, and with 46 contributing authors on the final report and is the most comprehensive review of the available evidence on migration and health to date.
A series of launch events are planned in different regions, details can be found here.
The Commission presents evidence based approaches to inform public discourse and policy to address migration as a global health priority, and proposes recommendations for maximising the health of all people on the move. The Commission is an independent group of academics, policymakers, and health system experts with experience across the world to review current knowledge and producing new empirical work and policy recommendations on the role of migration on health. The report takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the appraisal of information and data and the presentation of recommendations including sociological, political, legal, epidemiological, humanitarian and anthropological perspectives.