Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health – MESU, University of Copenhagen

MESU - Research Centre for Migration, Etnicity and Health

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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New report (only in Danish): Sundhedsforhold hos nyankomne indvandrere.  Gruppen af nyankomne ikke vestlige indvandrere kan være særligt sårbar, hvad angår sundhedsmæssige forhold. På den baggrund, og på opdrag af Social og Integrationsministeriet, ønsker vi med denne rapport at samle den eksisterende litteratur og belyse sundhedsforhold fra gruppen. Click here to read the report.

New publication: Readiness for cancer rehabilitation in Denmark: protocol for a cross-sectional mixed methods study. This study aims to provide insight into the current organisation and practice of cancer rehabilitation in Denmark with special emphasis placed on the assessment of patients needs and availability of services across the cancer treatment trajectory. Click here to read the article.

New publication: The practice of hope: a longitudinal, multi-perspective qualitative study among South Asian Sikhs and Muslims with life-limiting illness in Scotland. Life-limiting illness profoundly shakes our life story and the future we envision for ourselves and those we love (Bury 1982). This paper is about what is at stake for those who suffer, how they make sense of illness and the prospect of death, and the way notions of hope are articulated in this process. Click here to read the article.