How Africans Immigrants Survive Britain’s Cold Weather
Immigration of Africans into Europe has been one of the quintessential facets, especially since the end of the second war. People mostly move to Europe to seek “greener pastures,” solace, and better systems. The process some go through in order to get to Europe is one that is very tedious. Some lose their lives even in the process. Upon arrival in Europe, there are major challenges they face and one of these is the harsh cold weather conditions in Europe.
WEATHER CONDITIONS AND PROBLEMS
Usually in Africa, the coldest weather we have is nothing less than 19 degrees Celsius but in Europe, weather conditions can get as low as 3 degrees Celsius. In this article, we draw much of our attention to Britain and how African immigrants survive the cold there in.
Cold temperatures continue across the WHO European Region. Conditions worsen for those in the most vulnerable situations, including refugees and migrants stranded in these countries. When refugees and migrants sleep outdoors or in cold shelters at temperatures below 16 °C, they are prone to hypothermia, frostbite, and other poor health conditions.
Their risk may increase if they lack proper clothing, food, and medical care. The elderly, children, people with health problems, and people who abuse alcohol are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of cold weather.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
Representatives of WHO/Europe have visited the informal settlements near the central station in some parts of England and Ireland, where around 1200 refugees and migrants currently live. The international community and aid organizations are providing heaters, blankets, clothes, and food in England.
This is extended to other affected countries to prevent the negative health effects of the icy weather. However, there is an increasing need to scale up assistance to ensure appropriate accommodation. There is also the need for safe living conditions for the refugees and migrants population temporarily living in London.
Also, this is to enhance coordination between the national authorities, the international community, and non-governmental organizations.
As part of its work to implement the recently adopted strategy and action plan for refugee and migrant health, WHO/Europe is deploying additional staff to the field to provide assistance.
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