Towards a european framework to monitor infectious diseases among migrant populations: Design and applicability

Flavia Riccardo, Maria Grazia Dente, Tommi Kärki, Massimo Fabiani, Christian Napoli, Antonio Chiarenza, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Cesar Velasco Munoz, Teymur Noori, Silvia Declich

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There are limitations in our capacity to interpret point estimates and trends of infectious diseases occurring among diverse migrant populations living in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA). The aim of this study was to design a data collection framework that could capture information on factors associated with increased risk to infectious diseases in migrant populations in the EU/EEA. The authors defined factors associated with increased risk according to a multi-dimensional framework and performed a systematic literature review in order to identify whether those factors well reflected the reported risk factors for infectious disease in these populations. Following this, the feasibility of applying this framework to relevant available EU/EEA data sources was assessed. The proposed multidimensional framework is well suited to capture the complexity and concurrence of these risk factors and in principle applicable in the EU/EEA. The authors conclude that adopting a multi-dimensional framework to monitor infectious diseases could favor the disaggregated collection and analysis of migrant health data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11640-11661
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 17 2015



  • Communicable diseases
  • Data collection
  • Epidemiology
  • European union
  • Transients and migrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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