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Visions and objectives

The vision of the Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health (MESU) is to improve endeavours directed towards refugees and immigrants' health by strengthening interdisciplinary research, teaching, and communication of information regarding health and also by strengthening both research into disease causes and the health service's efforts among migrants and ethnic minorities. Intense focus will be on the role of social inequality and ethnicity in migrants and ethnic minorities' health and on the importance of the migration process, including the connection between conditions in the migrants and ethnic minorities' countries of origin and those of the recipient country.

The vision and aims of the Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health (MESU) will be achieved by:

  • Initiating and conducting independent research on an international level into the conditions of migrants and ethnic minorities in their countries of origin and in Denmark

  • Forwarding and coordinating Danish research in the field, including development and evaluation of specific health initiatives directed towards immigrants and their descendants

  • Contributing to building a network among researchers and other key actors and stakeholders in the area

  • Implementing educational activities and communicating results of both Danish and international research into health-related conditions to the scientific community and the general public, and through concrete action to promote health and integration of migrants and ethnic minorities