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.

Research

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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News

MESU has published a new article: Suicide among immigrants in Europe - a systematic literature review. Concerns about increased suicide risk among immigrants to European countries have been raised. We review the scientific literature on differences in suicide among immigrants compared with the majority populations in Europe's major immigration countries. Click here to read the article.

MESU has published a new article: Utilisation of psychiatrists and psychologists in private practice among non-Western labour immigrants, immigrants from refugee-generating countries and ethnic Danes: the role of mental health status. Our objective was to investigate whether potential differences in the use of psychiatrists and psychologists in labour immigrants, immigrants from refugee-generating countries (RGC), and ethnic Danes could be fully explained by mental health status. Click here to read the article. 

New publication: Antidepressant utilization after hospitalization with depression: a comparison between non-Western immigrants and Danish-born residents. Antidepressant (AD) therapy is recommended for patients 4–12 months after remission from depression. The aim was to examine whether immigrants (refugees or family reunited immigrants) from non-Western countries are at greater risk than Danish-born residents of 1) not initiating AD therapy after discharge and 2) early AD discontinuation. Click here to read the article.