IOM radiologist examining a migrant's X-ray (2011)
Migration Health Services
Health assessments are IOM Ukraine’s largest migration health service, made for the purpose of resettlement, international employment, enrolment in specific migrant assistance programs, or for obtaining a temporary or permanent visa. Currently IOM Ukraine performs health assessments for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Reflecting national differences in immigration and public policies and practices, there is a diverse range of assessment requirements. The purpose of health assessments is to ensure that migration does not endanger the health of the migrants or pose a public health risk during travel or upon arrival at the final destination. In addition, health assessments identify and address conditions of public health concern in order to mitigate the impact of the migrants’ disease burden on national health or social services.
Since its inception in 1997, IOM Ukraine’s migration health department provided health assessment services to more than 220,000 migrants. In response to the request of countries, IOM has partnered with medical, laboratory and radiology services in Kyiv and Lviv in order to ensure the delivery of efficient, customized and quality services in the major cities of Ukraine. In the context of health assessments, IOM Ukraine provides other complementary travel and integration-oriented health promotion services such as treatment, counseling, health education, immunization and medical escorts.
IOM Ukraine, aside from provision of health assessments to regular migrants, promotes the physical, mental and social well-being of migrants and mobile populations irrespective of their legal status.
In addition, IOM is advocating for evidence-based strategies and policies needed for greater inclusion of health issues into migration and development initiatives. By addressing the health needs of migrants IOM is improving migrants’ health, protects global public health, facilitates integration of migrants and contributes to social and economic development.
IOM Ukraine's migration health activities photo gallery
Travel and Reintegration Assistance
Travel assistance to migrants at the Boryspil airport
The IOM Mission in Ukraine assists migrants enrolled in a number of resettlement programmes, facilitates relocation of Ukrainian citizens from conflict zones and fosters reintegration of Ukrainians voluntarily returning from Europe and Canada.
The U.S. Refugee Admission Programme (USRAP), funded by the Department of State‘s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, is one of the largest continuing activities of IOM, currently operating in over 40 countries. Since 1996, the IOM Mission in Ukraine has organized travel for over 65,500 persons to the U.S. as part of this programme. Before departure, USRAP beneficiaries attend IOM-organized cultural orientation sessions. Migrants are referred to IOM by other organizations, mostly UNHCR.
IOM Ukraine also provided logistics assistance to over 620 persons resettling to Denmark, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, and Austria thanks to resettlement programmes funded by the respective governments.
In the framework of the Canada Refugee Programme, over 180 natives of Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iran, and other countries were supported by the IOM Mission in Ukraine.
In 2012, IOM, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, evacuated about 150 Ukrainians, mainly women and children, from war-torn Syria. Earlier, IOM evacuated Ukrainian citizens, as well as other foreigners, from Libya.
Since 2003, IOM Ukraine has been providing reintegration assistance to Ukrainian nationals who are voluntarily returning from abroad due to the lack of legal grounds for further stay or similar reasons. Currently the IOM Mission assists Ukrainian returnees from such countries as Canada, Italy, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Switzerland, Ireland, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Latvia. IOM’s services include airport and onward transportation assistance, short term accommodation upon request, vocational training and assistance in setting up a small business.
Since 2015, IOM Ukraine is also responsible for the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) project. Pre-departure orientation is a critical tool to provide immigrants with key information on the settlement and integration process, helping them to make informed settlement decisions and find employment commensurate with their background and experience. Over 500 persons have visited COA sessions in Kyov, Lviv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Chisinau and Moscow.
Travel and reintegration assistance to migrants: photo gallery