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Special Issue “The Health and Wellbeing of Migrant Populations”

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section “Global Health“.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2019


Guest Editor 

Dr. Helena Legido-Quigley
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Singapore 119077, Singapore
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Interests: migrant health; patient’s experiences; health systems and policies
Guest Editor 

Dr. Montserrat Gea-Sánchez
GESEC group, Faculty of Nursing and Physiotherapy, University of Lleida. GRECS group, Institute of Biomedial Research in Lleida (IRBLleida). GLOMHI: Global Migration and Health Initiative, University of Toronto
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Interests: migrant health; social determinants of health; health systems and services

Dear Colleagues,

In 2018, there were an estimated 1 billion migrants in the world, of whom more than a quarter were international migrants. Furthermore, the number of forcibly displaced migrants worldwide has risen to 65 million, with nearly 26 million refugees and asylum seekers. Whilst international migrants need to access health services in thier migration journey and once they arrive to their new host country, very little is known about the health and health system needs of these populations.

This Special Issue aims to contribute to knowledge and policy design and implementation by providing much needed evidence on international migration. We welcome papers on international migration, including migrant workers in precarious work, refugees, and asylum seekers. We welcome research that focuses on migration movements in high-income countries as well as, and perhaps more importantly, on research focusing on the large migration flows from Global South countries. We encourage papers describing issues pertaining to migrants’ access to healthcare services (covering both infectious and non-communicable diseases); analyzing migrants’ social and health inequalities; exploring the ways in which international, national and local organizations are addressing migrant health; and the implications of such movements on public policy and population health. Papers should focus on research and interventions that focus on barriers to be overcome, including aspects related to migrants themselves such as cultural norms and gender roles, as well as focusing on the broader regulatory and legal frameworks. We also welcome research that describes positive inititives that are currently taking place to address the needs of migrants whilst also accounting for the differences in context.

This Special Issue seeks quantitative and qualitative studies as well as mixed-methods studies. High-quality systematic reviews will be also considered. We especially welcome research projects that adopt a multisectoral and multidisplinary approach.

Dr. Helena Legido-Quigley
Dr. Montserrat Gea-Sánchez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Migrants
  • Refugees
  • Asylum seekers
  • Migrant health
  • Access to health care
  • Health inequalities
  • Health systems
  • Social determinants of health
  • Policy analysis
  • Multidisciplinary research
  • Systematic review
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research