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Apart together: studyng the impact of COVID-19 on migrants and refugees

Apart together: studyng the impact of COVID-19 on migrants and refugees

ApartTogether is a global study to assess the public health social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugees and migrants. It is a collaboration between World Health Organization, across its regional offices, the UN System, and a consortium of research centres led by Ghent University (Belgium) and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). The study aims to better understand how refugees and migrants experience the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 and how they deal with any challenges that have arisen.


COVID-19 brought about most unprecedented public health and socio-economic crisis in our lifetime. It affects us all, especially the vulnerable populations, which refugees and migrants often find themselves in. The World Health Organization advocates for the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health for all, including for refugees and migrants. Assessing the public health social impact is a key to addressing COVID-19 preparedness, prevention and control. COVID-19 showed us that our system is as strong as our weakest link. Up till now there is very little information available on how COVID-19 is changing the lives of refugees and migrants and how they are dealing with the difficulties they face. The results of this study will be used to inform and support policy makers and practitioners to support refugees and migrants deal with this global health crisis better.


The survey contains 32 questions that can be answered within 15 minutes using a mobile phone or other handheld devices or laptops. It uses a simple language and has been translated into 37 languages. The questions cover socio-demographic details, experiences of COVID-19 and preventative measures. It also asks about daily stressors and stigma, psychosocial well-being, as well as coping strategies.

To partecipate to the survey, click on the following link: www.aparttogetherstudy.org

Survey available in 37 languages