On 24 – 25 September 2019, the Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as members of the EMN National Contact Point for Slovakia organized in Bratislava a thematic meeting of the national migration network on the topic Health care provision to asylum seekers and foreigners with subsidiary protection.
The meeting aimed at sharing experience on the approaches and best practices in providing health care to asylum seekers and subsidiary protection holders. The event was attended by the representatives of the Migration Office, doctors from asylum facilities and the Police Detention Centres for Foreigners, representatives of the department of health and regional hygienic officers of the Slovak Ministry of Interior, Bureau of Boarder and Foreign Police, Refugee Facilities Administration of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic, experts in the area of psychology and psychiatry as well as representatives of non-governmental organisations and the IOM.
Beginning of the meeting was dedicated to the system of health care provision to asylum seekers and foreigners with subsidiary protection. Doctors shared with participants their experience from their health care provision in asylum facilities of the Migration Office and Police Detention Centres for Foreigners. The situation in the Czech Republic was presented by the representatives of the Directorate for Refugee Facilities of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. One of the topics discussed was also care for the foreigners with psychical disorders and possible related challenges in practice.
During the second day, the attention was paid to the incidence, transition and spread of infectious diseases from asylum seekers in asylum facilities to employees and population as well as to preventive measures put in place. At the end of the meeting, health of migrants in transit countries at the Balkan route was discussed.