DOI: 10.1111/jdv.19428 ISSN:

A scoping review of sexual and reproductive health recommendations in the context of migration to Europe

I. Rossoni, M. Chollier, R. Dudushi, J. Ghigo, V. Padovese
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Dermatology


In recent years, growing instability and conflict around the world have continued to fuel outward migration, including migration to the EU/EEA. Many migrants hail from countries and regions with a higher burden of STIs—including HIV—and are exposed to enhanced risks of sexual and gender‐based violence leading to sexual health issues during their journeys. This scoping review aims to identify existing sexual health recommendations for non‐European migrants in the EU/EEA and identify gaps in their implementation. Sexual health recommendations formulated in relation to the migrant population in peer‐ reviewed journals or by expert consensus, between 2010 and 2021, were included. A keyword search was used to retrieve relevant publications on PubMed, ScienceDirect, the Cochrane Library databases, WHO and ECDC websites. The search strategy employed was charted in a dedicated Prisma Chart. Overall, 180 publications were retrieved. Based on the abstract and after eliminating duplicates, 33 publications were included for full‐text reading. The references of these publications were screened. In total, 19 publications met the inclusion criteria. Evidence‐based sexual health recommendations target only newly arrived migrants and migrant children (at arrival and during stay in the country). Screening practices are mostly informed by the country of origin and related prevalence, which remains a limitation; challenges faced during migration should also be considered. Implementation and compliance with these recommendations remain uncertain, as sexual health is not funded and addressed in a uniform manner across Europe.

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