Return-related factors can weigh heavily on the wellbeing of migrants with a chronic medical condition. This was one of the main topics on the agenda of the international symposium hosted by IOM The Hague on 19 May 2014 on the return and reintegration of migrants with health concerns. The event was part of an IOM project bringing together two EU Member States - Hungary and the Netherlands, and seven countries of origin - Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ghana, Kosovo/UNSC 1244, Mongolia and Morocco. As shown by a research report presented at the symposium, this category of vulnerable migrants need enhanced counselling, guidance and resources to be able to cope with the specific challenges of their reintegration back in the country of origin. The research emphasizes the need for psychosocial support, the role of the family as a key factor in the reintegration process, and the need for stronger networks as support systems for the returnees. The symposium also introduced a toolkit developed in the framework of the project for the use of practitioners working with migrants with chronic conditions in the context of return migration.
A team from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) the Netherlands together with IOM Country Office for Belgium and Luxembourg and the United Nations in Brussels took part in this year's 20km run sporting the colors of IOM's "The Contribution of Migrants – It's Amazing what Migrants bring" campaign.
Among the 40,000 runners, some of which are themselves migrants, four staffers ran with suitcases bearing slogans from the campaign's website.
Learn more: www.migrantscontribute.com