Migration is a worldwide phenomenon with millions arriving and departing Europe each year. Many of them are persons with disabilities, yet there is little to no research or data around migrants with disabilities and the challenges that affect them. The principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) apply to all persons with disabilities, irrespective of where they come from or their legal status.
EASPD members have recognised that more needs to be done to ensure that migrants with disabilities reach their support services. On top of the lack of data, barriers include a lack of training of people working with migrants, difficulties in identifying support needs, funding barriers and a lack of culturally sensitive support.