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: Wellbeing or welfare benefits—what are the drivers for migration?
In this article the researchers have explored what drivers lie behind return migration among Bosnian refugees who have residence permits in Denmark and who, therefore, have complete access to welfare services, including healthcare services. Read the article here

New publication from MESU: Return Migration among Elderly, Chronically Ill Bosnian Refugees: Does Health Matter?
This study explores the significance of return migration among elderly, chronically ill Bosnian refugees from Denmark and the role of health issues in their decision to return. Read the article here

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.