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: Migrants' perception of aging in Denmark and attitudes towards remigration: findings from a qualitative study.
The aim of the study is to explore perceptions of aging among middle-aged migrant women, with emphasis on identifying factors shaping their decisions on whether to remigrate or stay in Denmark during old age. Read the article here.

MESU has published a new article: Coronary heart disease incidence among non-Western immigrants compared to Danish-born people: effect of country of birth, migrant status, and income.                                                                                  Non-western immigrants, who are family-reunified or refugees, have a three times higher incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) compared to Danish-born people. Also, migrant status and income are shown to be important underlying mechanisms of the effect of country of birth on CHD. This is shown from a study by MESU, National Institute of Public Health, and Aarhus University. Read more here (only in Danish) or find the article abstract here.

Coming of Age in Exile (CAGE) – Health and Socio-Economic Inequities in Young refugees in the Nordic Welfare Societies
Center Director and Professor Allan Krasnik at the Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen has received 30 million NOK from NordForsk for a trans-Nordic project on inequality in health and well-being among young refugees. Read more here (only in Danish).