Returning with a Health Condition: A toolkit for counselling migrants with health concerns

This toolkit has been produced by the International Organization for Migration, Government of Netherlands and in partnership with the Pharos Centre of Expertise on Health Disparities in the Netherlands.

This publication is a product of the IOM project “Measures to Enhance the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) of Migrants with a Chronic Medical Condition Residing in the EU”. The project was funded by the European Return Fund Community Actions 2011 and co-funded by the Government of the Netherlands. The project brought together two European Union member States – Hungary and the Netherlands – and seven countries of origin – Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ghana, UNSC resolution 1244-administered Kosovo, Mongolia and Morocco.

The toolkit consists of five chapters. Chapter 1 presents the context in which the toolkit has been developed and a brief overview of what constitutes AVRR. Chapter 2 looks into the factors and challenges that shape the migrant’s return decision, and the interventions to be considered by the counsellor. Chapter 3 focuses on the communication with the migrant. Chapter 4 addresses specific aspects of counseling migrants with chronic or protracted medical conditions in view of return. Chapter 5 presents a set of basic tools that may be used in the counseling process.

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