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.”