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: Survey nonresponse among ethnic minorities in a national health survey - a mixed-method study of participation, barriers, and
The participation rate in the Danish National Health Survey (DNHS) 2010 was significantly lower among ethnic minorities than ethnic Danes. The purpose was to characterize nonresponse among ethnic minorities in DNHS, analyze variations in item nonresponse, and investigate barriers and incentives to participation. Read the article here.

New publication: Cancer mortality does not differ between migrants and Danish-born patients. The aim of this study was to compare cancer mortality among migrant patients with cancer mortality in Danish-born patients. Read the article here.

MESU has published a new article: Undocumented migrants have diverse health problems. In 2008, 1.9-3.8 million undocumented migrants lived in Europe. We aimed to strengthen the evidence base on undocumented migrants’ health problems by describing characteristics of undocumented migrant patients in a Danish non-governmental organisation (NGO) health clinic. Read the article here.