The Apart Together survey runs until 31 May 2020 | Credit:
The Apart Together survey runs until 31 May 2020 | Credit:

Are you living through the COVID-19 pandemic outside your home country? A global team is trying to find out the impact of the virus on migrants and refugees so that decision-makers and NGOs can provide better support to cope with the crisis.

The current coronavirus pandemic is changing all our lives. A global online survey is underway into how it is affecting migrants and refugees in particular.

The Apart Together survey is a collaboration between the World Health Organization and a consortium of research centres led by Ghent University and University of Copenhagen. The questions mostly relate to the impact of the crisis on the social lives and mental well being of migrants, and ways of coping. They include:

  • "On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do the corona measures impact your life?"
  • "Have you found additional difficulties in accessing legal information, support and procedures linked to your residence status or asylum procedure since the beginning of the corona crisis?"
  • "How socially isolated do you feel now?"
  • "Since the corona crisis, do you feel differently treated by others than before?"

The researchers say the results will be used to inform and support organizations and decision-makers on how they can better support migrants and refugees during and after the pandemic. 

There are 36 questions in the survey, which take about 10-15 minutes to answer. You can leave at any time or skip questions. It can be filled out on a phone, another handheld device or a computer. It uses relatively simple language and has been translated into 32 languages. Participants have to be at least 16 years old (18 years for France).

The survey is anonymous – you are only asked to give your sex, age, where you come from and which country you are in. The data from the questionnaires will be stored or shared on secure servers and in accordance with EU privacy law.

The survey runs until August 31, 2020. You will find it here.


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