18 December is International Migrants Day

The theme for this year's International Migrants Day is 'Reimagining Human Mobility'. During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN has found that "...migrants are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 through job losses, evictions and discrimination", a state which is also often reflected in other aspects such as access to SRHR services, etc.

In addition to migrants who choose to migrate, issues can arise for people who undergo forced migration. Disruption or lack of access to SRHR services can impact migrants in a number of ways, as Rutgers shares in an excerpt from their page on Forced Migration & SRHR:

"People in fragile and humanitarian settings often are confronted with problems that touch upon the broad spectrum of SRHR;

  • In general, there is a lack of knowledge of and access to information and communication about SRHR and SRHR services for (young) people.
  • Women and girls in humanitarian settings are disproportionally vulnerable for SRHR issues, such as sexual violence, including high prevalence of systematic rape as a weapon of war; (sexual) exploitation, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortion, human trafficking, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages.
  • Due to migration, people are unfamiliar with the SRHR services in the designated host countries leading to an unmet need for family planning: this results in a relatively high prevalence rate of (unintended) pregnancies with medical complication.
  • Men and boys are often not included in SRHR services, such as gender based violence (GBV) prevention or psychosocial care. This, while feelings of failed masculinity, humiliation and a loss of personal value can even detain sexually or otherwise abused men from accessing the services they need themselves.
  • There is no, or only very limited attention paid to the special needs of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) people." - Rutgers