Putting Immigration Detention on the WHO Agenda

On 30 October, the World Health Organisation officially launched its first ever “Global Research Agenda on Health, Migration and Displacement.”

The GDP was invited to attend the event as a member of the civil society consultative group that assisted in the development of the research agenda. In addition to producing a case study on immigration detention, which is featured in the research agenda (pp. 51-52), the GDP worked to ensure that during all phases of the development of the agenda—which extended across multiple consultations held between September 2022 and September 2023—that detention was recognised as a critical though under-appreciated subject area at the intersection of migration and public health.

The final Global Research Agenda highlights detention throughout, noting that immigration detainees are a key “Underresearched and/or underserved subgroups of migrants or forcibly displaced populations.”