Health assessments in the framework of EU resettlement

Health is an important factor in the resettlement of refugees. Traditional immigration countries have long recognized a need for the crossborder control of diseases and for the protection of the public health of both host communities and refugees.

The legislation and protocols of major immigration countries have evolved over the past decades, from the concept of quarantine upon arrival to the current system of overseas health assessments. With EU countries increasingly participating in refugee resettlement, it is important to consider related health issues, in order to minimize adverse consequences for refugees and hosting communities.