Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health – MESU, University of Copenhagen

Global Migration is giving rise to increasingly multi-ethnic societies worldwide. One of the consequences of this migration is the effect it has on the health and morbidity of immigrants and refugees. Immigrants and refugees often have disease patterns that differ from those of the majority population, and they often experience barriers in access to healthcare that are unlike those the majority population experience. This creates exceptional challenges for health services and health professionals.


The Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health (MESU) both initiates and conducts its own research and contributes to the development of others' research in the field through professional guidance and advice.

In addition, the centre contributes to establishing professional networks for Danish and international researchers through regular research seminars and academic meetings, exchange of information on research initiatives and information about on-going activities in Denmark.

Research activities focus overall on: 1) Migrants' and ethnic minorities' health and disease patterns, and 2) The structure, function and efficacy of health services in relation to migrants and ethnic minorities.

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MESU has published a new article: Cardiovascular disease incidence and survival: Are migrants always worse off? The aim of the study was to add a new dimension to studies on cardiovascular disease incidence and survival and the varying results between ethnic groups. This was done by exploring the role of migrant status in combination with ethnic background on incidence of - and survival from - cardiovascular disease. Read the article here.

MESU has published a new article in collaboration with Section of Immigrant Medicine (Copenhagen University Hospital). The article is titled Quality of life and coping strategies among immigrant women living with pain in Denmark: a qualitative study. Read it here.

MESU has published a new article: Migrants' perception of aging in Denmark and attitudes towards remigration: findings from a qualitative study.
The aim of the study is to explore perceptions of aging among middle-aged migrant women, with emphasis on identifying factors shaping their decisions on whether to remigrate or stay in Denmark during old age. Read the article here.