The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed a new comprehensive survey “Apart Together” to study the public health social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugees and migrants.
It is a collaboration between World Health Organization, across its regional offices, the UN System, and a consortium of research centers led by Ghent University (Belgium) and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).
The study aims to better understand how refugees and migrants experience the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 and how they deal with any challenges that have arisen.
In collaboration with key UN partners, the insights from this survey will be used to inform policy and decision-makers on how they can better support refugees and migrants during and after this pandemic.
The survey contains 32 questions that can be answered within 15 minutes using a mobile phone or other handheld devices or laptops. It uses a simple language and has been translated into 37 languages. The questions cover socio-demographic details, experiences of COVID-19 and preventative measures. It also asks about daily stressors and stigma, psychosocial well-being, as well as coping strategies. The survey runs until 31 August 2020.
Initiated to make a difference
WHO will make findings of this study available to the public through reports, our website, social media and engagement with key stakeholders. It will share findings with policymakers and practitioners around the world, providing them with the information needed to better support Migrants and Refugees during and after this global health crisis.