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Migration and Mental Health

Migration is an integral part of inclusive societies. People on the move can face mental health difficulties at multiple times, be it disturbing experiences in the country of origin such as war and forced displacement, along migratory routes such as the crossing of the Mediterranean Sea, and during challenging reception conditions with long periods of legal limbo.

 

For these reasons, Mental Health Europe and its members are increasingly engaged in addressing mental health concerns within migration policies, taking sides for migrants with psychosocial disabilities and mental health conditions. MHE also aims to establish forms of dialogue between its members working in the field of migration and mental health, to enable knowledge-sharing, common reflection and formulation of suggestions to improve mental health services.

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News, publications and policy documents

June 30

Protect the human rights of migrants with mental health problems

Mental Health Europe endorses the policy recommendations made by the Consortium on Refugees' and Migrants' Mental Health (CoReMH).

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December 18

How Europe can better protect migrants with disabilities and mental health problems

New Pact on Migration and Asylum is a missed opportunity for people with disabilities and mental health problems.

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February 17

Why the Child Guarantee Council Recommendation is best launched in 2020

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children calls on the EU to eradicate child poverty with the help of the Child Guarantee.

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December 18

Adequate funding needed to support migrants’ mental health, new report finds

On International Migrants Day, Mental Health Europe and the European Public Health Alliance release a summary report looking into the use of EU funds for migrants' mental health.

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November 28

It’s time for the renewed commitment to protect the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities

MHE's statement on the occasion of the European day of persons with disabilities 2019

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April 25

Joint Statement on the next EU budget and children in migration

8  Ways to make the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework a vehicle for protection and integration of children in migration.

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October 11

World Mental Health Day 2017 – Migration: mental health is not the problem, it’s the solution

World Mental Health Day 2017 in the European Parliament, discussing mental health and migration.

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October 10

Mental health support to migrants and refugees should not be a luxury

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October 9

MHE’s reaction to the new EU return policies

Last week, the EU Commission published a set of recommendations to Member States on the return and detention of migrants and refugees.

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October 9

New position paper: Mental health support to migrants and refugees should not be a luxury

New position paper: Mental health support to migrants and refugees should not be a luxury.

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October 18

Position Paper on Mental Health and Migration

The need for mental health and psychosocial support for migrants

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October 10

Europe needs a plan to address refugees’ and migrants’ mental health

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