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.

Read more in the Research Section


Defense of doctoral dissertation
Associate professor, MD, Marie Nørredam will be defending her doctoral dissertation, September 12th 2014 at 2PM.
Clik here to read the invitation.

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. 

New publication: Duration of residence and disease occurence among refugees and family reunited immigrants: test of the 'healthy migrant effect' hypothesis. The ‘healthy migrant effect’ (HME) hypothesis postulates that health selection has a positive effect on migrants’ health outcomes, especially in the first years after migration. We examined the potential role of the HME by assessing the association between residence duration and disease occurrence. Click here to read the article.