Refugee and Migrant Health Workshop - Brussels, 18-19 June 2016


In 2015, more than 1 million refugees and migrants have reached Europe through the Mediterranean Sea and Turkey. The vast majority entered Greece and moved northwards through the Balkans to reach Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Scandinavian countries. Ninety-one percent of the arrivals come from the world’s top 10 refugee producing countries. The journey these people undertake is perilous and puts them in increased risk of diseases. Chronic and mental health diseases are also prevalent and need appropriate access to healthcare and follow-up.

Workshop Objectives

  • An overview of the socio-demographic and health profile of refugees/migrants entering Europe
  • An understanding of refugee/migrant related health issues
  • An insight on EU migrant health policies and recommendations and EU citizen’s perceptions on refugees
  • An overview of surveillance systems and health screening programs in EU countries
  • An understanding of cultural issues related to migrant health


Iro Evlampidou :

Javiera Rebolledo :



Welcome & introduction : Ricardo Mexia (EAN Board vice-president)

Refugee crisis in Europe in 2015-2016:

Presenter:  Malika Bouhenia (Epicentre, France)

Presenter:  David Kitching (AudienceNet, United Kingdom)

Presenter:  Iro Evlampidou (MSF , Operational Centre Brussels, Brussels, Belgium)

Presenter:  Eric Weerts (Handicap International, Belgium)

Presenter:  Stella Evangelidou (Universitad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)

  • EU migrant health policies and recommendations : Isabel de la Mata (European Commission, Belgium)
  • EU migrant health policies and recommendations : Sofia Ribeiro (WHO Representation to the EU, Belgium)

Presenter:  Marie Dauvrin (Institute of Health and Society, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)

Presenter:  Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil (International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), Uppsala University, Sweden)

Presenter:  Adil Qureshi (University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Spain)



Presenter:  Malika Bouhenia, Epicentre, France

Presenter:  Karin Taus (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), Austria)

Health screenings/health checks of refugees/migrants in destination countries in the EU: examples from specific countries:

Refugee/Migrant health in EU countries: information from surveillance systems: 

Plenary discussion

Challenges and prospects in the monitoring, prevention and management of refugee/migrant health in EU in 2016

The role of the epidemiologist in the Médecins Sans Frontières projects Erin Schillberg (MSF – Operational Centre Brussels, Belgium)