Migration and Health Webinar Seven: Winds of change over turbulent seas – the future of refugee and migrant health in Europe

Friday, 28 September 2018, 13:30 – 15:00 CET

On 28 September 2018, WHO/Europe will host the seventh in a series of webinars dedicated to addressing the timely and relevant topic of refugee and migrant health and well-being. The upcoming webinar will discuss the challenges of and opportunities for improving the health of refugees and migrants in the context of changing political and social landscapes in Europe. The event will be streamed live from the School on Refugee and Migrant Health in Palermo, Italy.

About the event

Refugees and migrants are an expanding global population of growing social, economic, demographic and political importance. As their numbers increase, Europe’s capacity for the provision of health care is arguably getting stretched.

Future health challenges related to migration may be more effectively addressed through collaborative undertakings that reaffirm European values of solidarity, and that demonstrate commitment to human rights – including the right to health.

The webinar will look at ways of promoting the health of refugees and migrants in the context of limited resources, growing political and social polarization around migration, widening disparities, and global developments such as the creation of new frameworks. These frameworks, including the global compacts and the draft WHO global action plan on the health of refugees and migrants, aspire to provide a comprehensive mechanism to address current and future migration trends.


Allan Krasnik, European Public Health Association

Federico Soda, International Organization for Migration

Santino Severoni, WHO/Europe

Michaela Told, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute

Former WHO Head of Communications Christy Feig will moderate the webinar.

Webinar details

Date: Friday, 28 September 2018

Time: 13:30–15:00 CEST (web streaming)

Access: www.euro.who.int/KHHMWebinars (web streaming)

The webinar will also be available on the Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration website following the event.

The Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration

The webinar is presented as part of the WHO/Europe Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration, which launched in November 2016 in response to a need for a single institute devoted to migration and public health in the WHO European Region. The Knowledge Hub provides a scientific knowledge-sharing forum to improve capacity-building and inform policy-making in this context.

The webinar series is one of 5 key elements of the Knowledge Hub, alongside an annual summer school, policy dialogues, a knowledge library and high-level summits. The webinars are also a collaborative effort under the Migration and Health Knowledge Management (MiHKMa) project, funded by the European Commission.