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


Course improves immigrants´ knowledge of the healthcare system.

Research by MESU in collaboration with STF and Biostat shows that a 12-hour course on the Danish healthcare system embedded at part of the language school teaching improves immigrants' knowledge of the healthcare system, but not their satisfaction. The results are published in the article “Ignorance is not bliss: The effect of systematic information on immigrants' knowledge of and satisfaction with the Danish healthcare system” in Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, and are disseminated in articles in supplemented with policy responses to the findings

The articles from can be read here and here.


Refugee children have fewer contacts to psychiatric healthcare services
Dagens Medicin have written an article on why refugee children have fewer contacts to psychiatric health care services based on research from MESU. Read the article here (only in Danish) and the scientific paper here