Summary of papers for literature review: Theme #6 (Legislation/ policies re mental health services for migrants)
Paper Reference (Full) Methods Sampling/ Recruitment RQ/Aim Main Results Limitations
1 Abbas, M., Aloudat, T., Bartolomei, J. et al (2018). ‘Migrant and refugee populations: a public health and policy perspective on a continuing global crisis’. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control 7 (113). (2018). Available online: (Accessed 30 June 2020).
Evaluation of current policy settings, focusing on forcibly displaced migrants and refugees No datasets were generated for this article; analysis based on a consultation with experts To analyse key emerging public health issues around migrant populations and their interactions with host populations from a policy perspective, cf. the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Refugee Convention Migrants and refugees are currently not having basic health needs (incl. for mental health) met – “even in the countries that do the most”. Governments need to strengthen policies on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in accordance with the SDGs. For our purposes, a limitation of the paper is that it doesn’t focus specifically on mental health (albeit the general policy issues identified in the paper apply to mental health); not an empirical study
2 Priebe, S., Giacco, D., El-Nagib, R. (‎2016)‎. Public health aspects of mental health among migrants and refugees: a review of the evidence on mental health care for refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants in the WHO European Region. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. Available online: (Accessed 30 June 2020).
Literature review + visit to an immigration removal centre to explore the experiences of professionals working directly with asylum seekers No original datasets generated. Keyword search of various health/medical databases + grey literature What is the evidence on policies and interventions that improve mental health care for refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants? Refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants face a series of risks to mental health, and a series of barriers to accessing appropriate mental health services. European policies overall support granting access to these groups, but there are significant variations by country. Not an empirical study (though a narrative analysis is arguably more suitable for analyzing policy); literature review included only documents in English and Russian