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International Migrants Day - Diabetes as a Social, Economic and Health concern

The International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) expresses its solidarity with migrants and the many challenges they face across Europe.

IDF Europe warmly welcomes initiatives recognising both the opportunities and challenges related to migration, such as the UN Declaration on International Migration and Development of October 2013 and the important work of the Council of Europe in this area. In this respect IDF Europe would like to highlight the serious problems faced by migrants in the area of health, diabetes in particular.

Diabetes is a major and growing public health concern in the European region, affecting 60 million people in 2015, and its consequences leading to the death of over 620’000 people. On top of the human cost, € 145 billion is being spent on treating diabetes in Europe.

The recent and continuing inflow of migrants will introduce new challenges and require new approaches and initiatives to address the diabetes burden within European health systems. As a first step, it is important to identify migrants affected by diabetes or at risk and provide them with the care and treatment they need.

IDF Europe is an inclusive and multicultural umbrella organisation of 71 diabetes associations in 47 countries across the European region, representing both people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals. Members of IDF Europe are actively engaged in supporting migrants and their families affected by diabetes. IDF Europe is open to consider further opportunities to address this urgent social, economic and health concern.