Migration influences health and health influences migration at multiple levels—on the micro level of the individual, the meso level of institutions and communities, and on the macro level of systems and policies.
Migration is all around us—in the form of students who leave their countries of origin to follow higher education elsewhere, in healthcare practitioners who perform specialised health services in countries outside of their birth and training, in asylum seekers and refugees seeking international protection, and in many other forms. Migration interacts with health in complex and varied ways across different contexts. We can imagine that individuals who move may face health-related challenges in the migration process given the sometimes difficult conditions faced along the migration journey. On the flip side, migrants may bring distinct health advantages with them when they move, as migrants may be healthier than the non-migrant population. We can also imagine situations where people move directly for health-related reasons, for example, to seek specialised treatment, higher treatment standards, or even to provide health services, in the case of mobile health workers. Such examples are few among many and illustrate how intertwined migration and health can be.
This website features a collection of migration and health short reviews, brief introductions to specific migration and health topics. Each review offers the reader a snap-shot view of a migration and health topic, fully referenced to contemporary evidence. In order to highlight interactions on micro, meso, and macro level, the reviews generally follow a common format. Most examine health outcomes and profiles (including prevalence of focus health conditions), health behaviours (including risk and protective factors relating to specific conditions), and health systems (including issues around access to and quality of care). Each of the short reviews is accompanied by an extensive reading list, which reflects contemporary and high-quality evidence on the given topic.
The resource section provides links to other sources of information, including international organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the International Organisation for Migration, which have mandates related to migrant health. It will also include links to migration and health statistics portals and to meta-data/raw data that contains migration and health indicators. The resource list will be updated and expanded regularly to reflect the changing landscape of migration and health information.
The about us section provides more information on the team behind healthandmigration.org, and it includes information on how to contact and connect with us.