According to the action plan of the WHO in Europe (2016), any communication barriers must be addressed and health systems must be strengthened in order to promote the health of migrants and refugees.
Migrant clinicians are working to provide the highest standard of mental and behavioral health care using practices and language that are supportive of patient’s personal experiences.
Clinicians must be aware of patterns of migration and resilience factors in order to plan any intervention strategies.
Intercultural mediators are employed to resolve linguistic and cultural barriers in a variety of health-care contexts.
The beneficial impact of intercultural mediators is hindered by:
Further research into the effectiveness of intercultural mediators in health care and the development of strategies that guarantee access to intercultural mediators in health care will improve the quality of health care for refugees and migrants.
Female immigrants’ negative life experiences –infertility and perinatal loss, poverty, discrimination, violence, unemployment and isolation – also impact on women’s mental health and wellbeing.
Sexual and intimate partner violence (S/IPV) is a widespread problem among immigrant and refugee communities with serious health and safety implications.
S/IPV may include any form of power and control, physical, sexual, verbal, mental, or economic, primarily against women by her current or former partner/ spouse.
Women often suffer in silence for fear of losing their jobs or enduring legal ramifications like being reported to immigration.