Within its Migration Health Division (MHD), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in its role of United Nations Migration Agency, delivers and promotes comprehensive, preventive and curative health programmes which are beneficial, accessible, and equitable for migrants and mobile populations. Bridging the needs of both migrants and IOM member states, MHD, in close collaboration with partners, contributes towards the physical, mental and social well-being of migrants, enabling them and host communities to achieve social and economic development.

To read more on IOM’s global health programmes and initiatives, see IOM’s work on migrant health.


COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The current COVID-19 pandemic a pressing issue for all communities in Ireland, not least vulnerable migrant communities. IOM Ireland is collating & hosting information in the ongoing efforts worldwide to battle this pandemic. All information comes from official UN, intergovernmental and national government channels and is designed to support the Irish government in a time of national emergency. Where possible, all information will be kept up to date. However, direct engagement with official channels is advised.

A key prevention measure is simply regular washing of hands and refraining from close contact with others. If you think you are suffering with symptoms of COVID-19, please self-isolate and phone your General Practitioner (doctor) . Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.

Please select the link below for further information on COVID-19 responses, actions and advisories: