About this Research Topic
The series consists of three volumes, each with a separate Editor.
Volume I. Voluntary and involuntary migration impacts on reproductive health inequities in adolescents
International research shows that poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes are heightened amongst refugee and migrant populations and especially migrant women, girls and LGBTQI+ individuals. The process of migration or displacement brings with it heightened risks to health and wellbeing, as do poor health systems and high disease-burden in migrant’s home countries and in transit. In addition, for many migrants including refugees, life in their host/destination countries exposes them not only to harsh conditions but also to new or additional health and safety vulnerabilities, including risks for negative SRH outcomes.
Global commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - which aim to ‘leave no-one behind’ and promote broad human rights-based approaches to development - have provided unprecedented opportunities for better understandings of, and responding to, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). This includes the ambitions set out in Goal 3 that aim to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” - specifically 3.7 that seeks to ensure universal access to SRH and 3.8 that calls for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Despite the rollout of an increasing number of interventions and programmes designed to improve SRH responses across the globe, progress has been slow. This is the result of ongoing, and often increasing, challenges and failures due to entrenched systematic SRH violations; punitive laws and policies; social norms and practices; and stigma and discrimination. For this reason, SRH is often regarded in terms of risk – with particular emphasis on ‘women and girls’ due to unmet needs for contraception, unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortion, poor maternal and new-born health, and sexually transmitted infections. This is heightened for migrants and displaced adolescents many of whom are pressured into risky migration decisions for their survival, while having limited choices, and often limited information available to them regarding their reproductive health rights.
This call seeks original research articles and systematic reviews on aspects of migration and reproductive health in young people. We propose that this volume would include a focus on both forced and voluntary migration, including but not limited to:
• Voluntary migration
• Economic inequity/Development related migration/displacement
• Environmental and climate related migration/displacement
• Conflict related migration/displacement
• Political related migration/displacement
• Religion related migration/displacement
• Trafficking – esp. teens – global
Keywords: Adolescents, fairness, migration, voluntary migration, involuntary migration, reproductive health
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