Migration and health

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Migration places individuals in situations which may impact their physical and mental well-being. Conditions surrounding the migration process can increase the vulnerability of migrants to poorer health outcomes. This is particularly true for those who migrate for low-skilled jobs or are displaced, fleeing disasters or conflict. The impacts on the health of migrants have multiple determinants and may change over time. Migration also cuts across economic and social policies, human rights and equity issues, development agendas, and social norms – all of which are relevant to migration health. 

In light of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, data at the nexus of migration and health are critically important to monitor the Agenda’s progress, including specific progress on the health-related goal and targets to ensure that “no one is left behind” irrespective of their migration status. 

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