Lectures and seminars PHSP seminar: Migration in public health research - central concepts

20-02-2020 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Add to iCal
Other Meeting room "Tensta 2", Torsplan, Solnavägen 1E, Stockholm

The Doctoral Programme in Public Health Science (PHSP) welcomes all doctoral students and researchers at KI to the first seminar in our seminar series Migration in public health research: Qualitative methods.

Migration is a global, ancient, and public phenomenon and, at the same time, local, contemporary, and personal. This multifaceted nature makes the study migrant health difficult.

The focus of this seminar are the central concepts of migrant health research with a specific focus on mental health.   

Seminar leader

Anna-Clara Hollander is a clinical psychologist with a PhD at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden researching psychiatric epidemiology among migrants, including refugees in the research group Epidemiology of Psychiatric Conditions, Substance use and Social environment (EPICSS).


To register for the seminar or if you have any questions, please contact phsp-doctoral@ki.se.

Background the seminar series Migration in public health research: Qualitative methods

The UN estimates there were 258 million international migrants (people living outside their country of birth) in 2018, including 3.5 million asylum seekers and 20.4 million refugees. The largest annual migrant flows globally are people moving within state boundaries for employment, to study, or because they are forcibly displaced. The gaps in understanding the relation between migration and health remain a challenge as the effect of migration on health is complex, arising from multiple determinants.

The conditions surrounding the process of migration—pre-migration, transit, destination, and return—may determine trajectories of health. Universal health coverage remains elusive for many non-citizens, especially for asylum seekers. Health systems need to become “migration aware”—integrating migration and mobility into every level of healthcare planning. Effective policy making requires accurate data and analysis to document realities and counter misperceptions about the scale of migration and its effects. Migration health is still in its infancy and continues to be under-researched and underfunded. Better health for migrants isn’t simply a moral imperative. It is an evidence informed, economically wise choice that will improve health for all.  


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