COVID-19 ‘dramatically worsened’ lives of migrants and refugees, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented in an extensive new study how the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacts the lives of refugees and migrants across the world.

The report found that many were not able to seek COVID-19 treatment, with 35% of respondents citing financial constraints as the reason and a further 22% fear of deportation.

“More than half the respondents across different parts of the world say that COVID-19 brought about greater level of depression, fear, anxiety and loneliness,” the WHO said in a press release.

“One in five also talked about a deterioration of mental health and increased use of drug and alcohol,” WHO continued.

The study was launched on Friday to mark International Migrants Day.

The survey was conducted with the participation of more than 30,000 refugees and migrants from around the world.

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