28 Apr 2022 | 09:30-12.30 CET
Room JAN 6Q1, European Parliament, Brussels

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This hearing will focus on the worsening mental health crisis facing people seeking safety in the EU as a result of current migration policies. After an overview of the current situation and a more broad understanding of the key issues at stake from a medical perspective in a European and global context, we will hear from experts in the field from different regions, who will present the mental health issues they have encountered and the challenges experienced.

The meeting will be hybrid, with the possibility of physical presence in the room. Interpretation: German, English, French, Greek, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Arabic

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Deadlines to register:

– if you wish to attend physically in the European Parliament in Brussels, register by 25/04/2022 at the latest

– for remote participation the deadline to register is 27/04/2022 at 16.00


9.30: Introduction by Cornelia Ernst MEP and Hamzah Ali, refugee representative

9.50-11.00: Key issues at stake

Moderator: Anne-Sophie Pelletier MEP


Pr. Dr. Ilse Derluyn, Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy,  Ghent University, Belgium

Frohar Poya, European network of Migrant women

Prof Dr. Gerhard Trabert, general practitioner and emergency physician, professor of social medicine and social psychiatry (video message)

Dastan Salehi, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)


11.00-11.15: break

11.15-12.30: Voices from the field

Moderator: Kostas Arvanitis MEP


Representative of a refugee from Samos Camp (remote tbc)

Representative of a refugee in Libya (remote)

Reem Mussa, Médecins Sans Frontières

Hana Anane, Medical Volunteers International (MVI), Bosnia

Maria Ksiazak, XENION, Poland


Conclusion by Pernando Barrena MEP