Tuesday, 5 June 2018

On 5 June 2018,  WHO/Europe will host the 6th 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 health of refugee and migrant children, and unaccompanied minors.

About the event

Children and adolescents represent a significant proportion of all migrants and refugees coming to Europe, constituting nearly a third of all asylum applicants in 2015. Children are a particularly vulnerable group, generally excluded from decision-making processes and with fewer resources to protect their own health. Child refugees and migrants may have higher incidences of malnutrition, dental problems, mental health disorders, injuries and communicable diseases, including vaccine-preventable diseases. Unaccompanied minors who are separated from caregivers are considered even more vulnerable and at further risk of violence, exploitation and trafficking.

Furthermore, they are frequently unable to access their rights to education, health care or adequate legal protection. This webinar will discuss:

  • the latest research, evidence and epidemiological status of refugee and migrant children;
  • the specific health challenges faced by children, and the clinical aspects to providing care;
  • the issue of effective protection for unaccompanied minors, including barriers faced by Member States in providing such protection;
  • policy options moving forward.


Albertine Baauw, Taskforce for Refugee Children, Dutch Society of Paediatricians

Ketil Eide, University of South-Eastern Norway

Anders Hjern, Professor and Paediatrician, Karolinska Institute

The webinar will be moderated by Christy Feig

Webinar details

Date: Tuesday 5 June 2018

Time: 12:15–14:00 CEST (live audience); 12:30–14:00 (web streaming)

Location: Auditorium 3, UN City, Copenhagen (live audience);

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

The Knowledge Hub

The webinar is presented as part of the Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration of  WHO/Europe, which was launched in November 2016 in response to the need for a single institute devoted to migration and public health in the WHO European Region. It provides a scientific knowledge-sharing forum to improve capacity-building and inform policy-making in this context. The webinar series is 1 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.


Source: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/knowledge-hub-on-health-and-migration/webinars/webinars/2018/health-of-refugee-and-migrant-children-and-unaccompanied-minors