Medical and Psychological support
Medical and psychological support
Outside their traditional support systems, migrants often face difficulties to access health and social services that respect their basic needs and dignity.Medical care and psychosocial support is an essential part of the activities provided by European Red Cross Societies to migrants. Many offer free health care for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, irrespective of their legal status, in health clinics and medical centres often staffed with volunteer doctors and nurses.
A number of European National Red Cross Societies provide specialised psychosocial support to migrants that have experienced particularly traumatising situations. With counseling and advice also provided, migrants are helped to overcome psychological and emotional stresses which often result from their migration history.
European National Societies activities
Red Cross: Providing health care to undocumented migrants.
Undocumented migrants in Denmark live in the shadows of society. They generally experience very poor living conditions and have limited access to health care, only in cases of emergency. Yet, as a consequence of the criminalisation of irregular migration, many migrants do not even try to access emergency services for fear of being reported to the police. As a response to this humanitarian situation, the Danish Red Cross has set up in September 2011 a health clinic in central Copenhagen which is open to all migrants, irrespective of their legal status, that do not have access to conventional health. Read more
Related Red Cross Red Crescent news and resources
- 31st Red Cross Red Crescent International Conference Resolution 6 – "Health inequities: reducing burden on women and children”, 2011. Also available in French, Spanish and Arabic
- European Network of Rehabilitation Centres for survivors of torture
- Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
- PROTECT-ABLE project website - which aims to improve access to psychological and medical care, and to provide
adapted material conditions to those vulnerable asylum seekers, such as
victims of torture.
Other areas of work