ApartTogether: Study on the Impact of Covid-19 on Migrants and Refugees

Collective, for more information please contact Prof. Ilse Derluyn: Ilse.Derluyn@UGent.be

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a strong global impact but affects even more some already fragile populations. Among them, migrants and refugees have to cope with over 52000 mobility restrictions that have been implemented by 215 countries, territories and areas around the world. However, some Covid-19 related measures enable migrants to get temporary residence and work permits in countries such as Portugal and Italy. Beyond the residential status, the World Health Organisation, in a recent report, stressed the importance to consider migrants and refugees’ health in the setting of public health policies, particularly in the current circumstances. Migrants and refugees are categories made of really heterogeneous individuals but who may face some common challenges and develop subsequent coping strategies. Therefore, how can we measure the impact of Covid-19 and related measures on migrants and refuges?    

This is the aim of the ApartTogether global study coordinated by Ghent University and a research consortium of academics linked to several European and American universities. The objective of the study is to better understand how refugees and migrants experience the psychosocial impact of Covid-19 and how they deal with challenges that have arisen in the current situation. To this end, the research consortium has set up a survey made of 30 questions focusing on socio-demographic details, Covid-19-symptoms and preventive measures, daily stressors, psychological and social well-being, stigmatization and coping. 

Insights from the survey will be used to inform organisations and decision makers on how they can better support migrants and refugees during and after this pandemic. The survey runs until 30 June 2020.

To take and/or share the survey, please visit https://www.aparttogetherstudy.org/ (available in 30 languages). The survey can be distributed globally.

Disclaimer: Participants can respond anonymously to the survey, and all the information they provide will be stored and processed confidentially. The data coming out of the questionnaires will be stored on REDcap – a server at Ghent University. The server stores data in accordance with the GDPR regulations. Sharing of data between the research partners will be done through secured servers.


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