M8 Alliance Webinar Series on Migrant and Refugee Health

Health Unit for Asylum Seekers and Refugees - USAR
Evénement professionnel

Topic: From generating evidence to implementing medical care: how to improve the health of migrants and refugees?

Despite growing interest, health and medical research about migrants and refugees remain limited in quantity, quality and scope. Studies tend be retrospective or cross-sectional, to lack control groups and to cover only limited samples. In addition, most researches are monodisciplinary and monothematic, failing to capture the complex interplay of contextual factors shaping migratory processes with health. 

Conducting researches with hard-to-reach groups such as migrants or refugees entails specific methodological and ethical challenges, which may deter researchers from planning ambitious projects by lack of ressources and time. Recent scientific literature highlights the interest of interdisciplinary approaches and mixed methodologies in order to better understand the issues. In these precarious, vulnerable and highly mobile populations, a major methodological challenge is the involvement of migrants and refugees in the design, conduct and interpretation of the project results.

Finally, the implementation of the results of this research and their concrete translation into services and programmes is confronted with the reality that migration is a highly politicised issue. 

Organized by the M8 Alliance under the leadership of the Sapienza University of Rome, in cooperation with the Division of Primary Care Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals and Faculty of medicine, University of Geneva


  • Prof. Luciano Saso, Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome,
  • Prof. Yves Jackson, primary care physician, manager of the Community Medicine and Care Unit - UMSCOM, HUG
  • Dr. Sophie Durieux-Paillard, in charge of the Health Unit for Asylum Seekers and Refugees - USAR, HUG
  • Prof. Bernard Hirschel, honorary professor at the Geneva Medical School
  • Prof. Charles Agyemang, Professor of Global Migration, Ethnicity and Health and Principal Investigator at Amsterdam University Medical Centres, University of Amsterdam
  • Nora Gottlieb, Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research, School of Public Health, Bielefeld University
  • Prof. Ulrike Kluge, professor for medical and psychological integration and migration research at the Department for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Charité University Medicine Berlin

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Last update : 27/05/2024