Report 2018: The UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health full report

This report utilises multiple approaches to generate trans-disciplinary evidence on migration and health. It presents new data and novel analyses and case studies to underpin future policy in migration and health.

Commission report

The UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health full report, including commentaries, can be found on the Lancet’s website here, where it is available for free download. All resources linked to the commission can be found at – in order to access these, please sign up for an account with The Lancet.

About the report

We tackle specific vulnerabilities that affect many migrants and we present evidence in relation to socio-cultural and political factors, law and human rights and data on health outcomes.

Our analyses suggest that migrants are healthier, migrants contribute positively to the economies of host countries and, in wealthy countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States, migrants constitute a large proportion of the health workforce.

It is therefore right that we are tackling this topic as a priority area in global health. We conclude that:

  • Health should be at the centre of the macroeconomic debate on population movement.
  • That universal health coverage of all migrants is in our collective interest.
  • That it is time for us to work together to challenge the prejudice and racism that is driving bad health outcomes for the most vulnerable migrants.

The health community has a special part to play, healing mental and physical trauma, evoking a spirit of altruism and compassion, strengthening human security, countering myths and misinformation about migration and (perhaps most important of all) holding governments accountable for their actions.

Publication date:
13 January 2020

Comments accompanying the report, include:

  1. Opening up to migration and health (Jocalyn Clark, Richard Horton, The Lancet)
  2. Historic global agreement on migration (Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration)
  3. Migration and health: human rights in the era of populism (Walid Amar, Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health)
  4. Advancing health in migration governance, and migration in health governance (Kolitha Wickramage, International Organisation for Migration, and Giuseppe Annunziata, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization)
  5. The unmet needs of refugees and internally displaced people (David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, and Mesfin Teklu Tessema, Director of the Health Unit for the International Rescue Committee)

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