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Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health

Date: 10–14 July 2017
Place: Syracuse, Italy

The Summer School seeks to improve participants’ knowledge and understanding of the main health issues and needs of refugees and migrants, and of the broader public health and health-system implications of large-scale migration in origin, transit and destination countries. It provides a space for bridging research, policy and practice; sharing practical, real-world knowledge and experience; and fostering debate and critical thinking.



The theme of this year’s Summer School is “Managing the public health aspects of migration”. It will include a combination of plenary presentations, workshops, interactive discussions and panels. Faculty will include international experts from different regions and disciplines relevant to the area of migration and health.

The course includes a field trip to a point-of-entry location in Sicily known for receiving regular arrivals of refugees and migrants. The trip will provide participants with first-hand knowledge of how authorities in Italy are currently managing the public health challenges related to migration.

Beyond the course curriculum, the Summer School also offers networking opportunities through social events and possibilities for alumni to become connected with WHO/Europe’s migration and health work through the Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration and other ongoing activities.