High-level meeting on health and migration in the WHO European Region

The high-level meeting on health and migration organized by the WHO European Region took place on 17 and 18 March in Istanbul. Central to the work is the development of a common vision and strategy to protect the health of refugees and migrants. The meeting saw the participation of ministers, high-level policy makers, partner organizations and Member States from the WHO African and Eastern Mediterranean regions, to generate political leadership, build momentum and mobilize strong partnerships for continued and shared action on migration and health. Representing the Republic of San Marino, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Security, Roberto Ciavatta and the Director of the Health Authority Claudio Muccioli.

In his address to the Assembly, Secretary Ciavatta recalled how “the Republic of San Marino, despite its small size, has always done everything possible and made itself available to welcome people in need. History recalls that during the Second World War, San Marino received more than 100,000 displaced people fleeing the conflict from neighboring Italian territory to its territory. At the same time, from the end of the 19th century to the present, thousands of San Marinos have emigrated abroad in search of new and more optimistic prospects, as can be found in the archives of our Museum and Center permanent study on emigration. . “. He then recalled how “even today, the Republic of San Marino is committed, like many other countries in the European Region, to welcoming people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

At present, more than two hundred people have already arrived in our country, mainly women and minors. This figure is very high for a country of just over 33,000 inhabitants and the forecast is that this number could grow rapidly in the short term. Therefore, specific and additional regulatory instruments have been prepared to enable hospitality at a concrete level, as well as specific national government and voluntary initiatives aimed at welcoming and integrating into the San Marino social fabric. In this context, it is necessary to make one’s voice heard so that international organizations, such as the WHO or, in our case, the European Union, provide non-reimbursable economic support in favor of the countries receiving migrants. The European Union is moving in this direction, but it should be clear that countries in various capacities not yet fully joining the EU are not left out.” Globally, an estimated 281 million people live outside their country of origin, i.e. more than one person in 30.

The WHO European Region is home to around 36% of the global population of international migrants: in 2020, international migrants accounted for more than 13% of the region’s total population, an increase of just under 4% compared to compared to the figures of 1990. international meeting proved opportune to meet on a bilateral basis the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Turkey, Suleyman Soylu.

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