The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and Mental Health Europe (MHE) have called for adequate funding to support migrants’ mental health, with a new report identifying shortcomings in the current availability of appropriate mental health support for migrants.
The document is based on research on the use of European Union (EU) funds to address the mental health of newly arrived migrants in Europe and focused on Italy and Greece as the main countries of arrival.
In a statement, EPHA and MHE say it shows migrants in Europe do not have access to appropriate mental health support during the journey and upon arrival, adding that this lack of support, especially in the face of abuse, is a key factor leading to their further marginalisation and poverty.
“Our research and interviews in Italy and Greece confirmed that the mental health of migrants is often not properly addressed upon arrival in Europe, which means that already vulnerable refugees are in danger of becoming even more susceptible to mental ill-health,” said EPHA Deputy Director Sascha Marschang.
The EPHA and MHE have called on policymakers to prioritise measures to support the mental health of migrants including using EU funds to build capacity in the community rather than developing separate silos of services for migrants.