Opportunity to participate in identifying key migration and health research priorities

A Delphi will be conducted among MHADRI members, with the aim of identifying key research priorities and research questions on migration and health at subnational, national, sub-regional, regional and global levels.

Please encourage other migration and health researchers to join MHADRI to ensure that we access as many voices as possible in this important process.

Any person who has or is currently undertaking research on advancing knowledge on any aspect(s) of the relationship between migration and health is eligible to be MHADRI network member.  We particularly encourage researchers based in low- and middle-income contexts to join MHADRI.

Nutrition among children of migrant construction workers in Ahmedabad, India

Divya Ravindranath, Jean-Francois Trani, and Lora Iannoti

International Journal for Equity in Health, doi: 10.1186/s12939-019-1034-y (Published 17 September 2019)

In this paper, the authors determine the causes of undernutrition in children of migrant construction workers in Ahmedabad, India. The work builds on a UNICEF framework of undernutrition (shown in featured image), focusing specifically on the middle level of underlying causes. Read the full paper here

Policy Briefing: Migration and Universal Health Coverage in Southern Africa

Along with other partners, MHADRI participated in a high-level South African and regional policy roundtable held in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2019. The following briefing outlines the key recommendations from the discussion.

Migration and universal health coverage roundtable

This policy briefing is based on a high-level South African and regional policy roundtable held on 31st July 2019 in Johannesburg, convened by the University of Witwatersrand, Chatham House, and the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health.  Thirty-five academics, policy makers and members of civil joined the roundtable which aimed to engage critical concerns regarding access to healthcare for internal and cross-border migrants as part of formulating an inclusive approach to the health of the South African population.

Key recommendations from the roundtable:

  • Migrant-inclusive universal health coverage policies need to be implemented by the South African government, including in the new National Health Insurance, to support wellbeing, livelihoods and sustainable development.
  • Cost effective early and preventative care for all migrant populations, regardless of legal status, is the most effective public health and development strategy.   Health goals including 90-90-90 targets and SDG goals cannot be met without inclusion of a largely mobile South African population and international migrants.
  • Regional and global partnerships should be built upon. Consideration of harmonisation and standardisation of policies, and action to realise interoperability of health policies,  systems and  programmes is encouraged.
  • There is a need to explore bilateral/tripartite solutions between countries.  There should be encouragement of sub regional entities such as SADC to have a greater role in supporting inclusion of migration and health.
  • An accountability framework  should be implemented  to support implementation of UHC and  encourage migration-aware planning and anti-xenophobic actions, this should include accountability to civil society.
  • Through inclusion of migrants in universal health coverage South Africa could be a leader in Africa in advancing the evolution of UHC and mobility.   

Migration and Health in South Africa

In 2019, the newly re-elected South African national government voiced its commitment to ensuring that quality health care be available to all citizens, with National Health Insurance (NHI) at the centre of policy development; strengthened by the constitution of South Africa (SA), which states: ‘Everyone has the right to have access to health care services’. NHI has great potential to address persisting health inequalities in SA, and in the process advance the UN and WHO goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).  However, as currently framed, the  NHI proposal means migrant and refugee communities will be left behind, with the rights of asylum seekers and undocumented migrants to access healthcare restricted. 

Labour migration has been central to the South African economy for decades. Today, around half of the national population is mobile (sometimes referred to as internal migrants), and failure to take account of such mobility and secure access to care has contributed to poorer health outcomes. An estimated 3-4% of the SA population – approximately 4 million people – are estimated to be cross-border (international) migrants, the majority of whom originate from elsewhere in the SADC region and include permanent residents, and those with work, study and spousal permits. International migrants have historically made, and continue to make, substantial contributions to the SA economy including the many branches of mining upon which national wealth was founded. UHC is dominating the global health agenda, particularly following the declaration at the high level meeting on UHC at the UN General Assembly in September 2019. SA is a focal point for discussing migration and health in the SADC region.  In order to effectively implement UHC, migrants must be explicitly included.

Universal Health Coverage and Migration in South Africa – Recommendations

The following policy recommendations were proposed during the roundtable in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in  South Africa (SA) which is inclusive of migrants:

1. Current practices in health service delivery and health policy

The current state of knowledge about migration is poor in South African policy and practice: migration has been framed as: a burden on healthcare resources, an affront to values, taking jobs from citizens, a challenge; rather than an opportunity.


R1. The multiple arguments supporting inclusion of migrants, including legal, public health, and  economic development should be highlighted, rather than relying solely on rights-based arguments.

R2. Recognition of the scale of internal mobility and the benefits is very important i.e. migrants are providers of healthcare services as well as consumers, therefore they are  integral  to the health system.

R3. There is a need for a national campaign on migration and the rights of migrants, including working with provinces and municipalities to support them in their mandate for health service planning for migrants.

R4. In order to integrate the goals of the constitution into health service delivery the values and ethics of health care provision need to be integral to health policy and part of health worker training.  To strengthen research and evaluation in migration health, training institutions should integrate the topic within their curriculum and training.

R5. Regional and global partnerships should be built upon. Consideration of harmonisation and standardisation of policies, and action to realise interoperability of migration health policies,  systems and  programmes is encouraged.

R6. There is a need to explore bilateral/tripartite solutions between countries in response to migration health challenges.  Good practice examples of regional responses exist and a renewed conversation is needed.

R7. Capturing population dynamics, particularly of internal mobility in SA,  should be a vital component of planning across all government departments, including local government , and can be supported by effective triangulation of data sources.

R8. There is a need for a multisectoral approach to gathering vital migration statistics, including cross-border referral systems. It is  critical that data is used to assist in planning and responding to both internal and cross-border migration; and  not used for surveillance.

2. Accountability and leadership to encourage inclusion of migrants in UHC

The SA state is taking an increasingly anti-immigrant position, with  a tension playing out between patriotism and pan-Africanism.  There  continues to be scapegoating of migrants for failures of state policy and the securitisation discourse portrays migrants as a threat to security.  Rising xenophobic rhetoric is rarely called out and therefore accountability structures fail.

R1. The UHC declaration on 23rd September 2019 at the UN General Assembly can help drive implementation towards UHC targets,  and inclusion of migrants, in SA.  Implementation of UHC within each regional context should be developed through strong collaboration between policy, academia and civil society.

R2. An accountability framework  should be implemented to support implementation of UHC and encourage migration-aware policy planning and anti-xenophobic action at all levels.  
R3. There should be more accountability to civil society and inclusion of varied sectors in discussions.  There is a need for political and societal champions to step forward with other key stakeholders and generate meaningful momentum to achieve truly universal health coverage in SA.  There should be encouragement of sub-regional entities such as SADC to have a greater role in supporting inclusion of migration and health.

3. Migration aware and mobility competent health care systems

In the region there is little detail or consensus on protocols for migration health; there is an urgent need for better cross-border coordination and interoperability of health services across the Southern African context.  Significant barriers to care and lack of information exist, even when there is a legal entitlement to access services. Likewise, there is daily  discrimination such as migrants being last in the row in a clinic or receiving verbal abuse.  Public health of migrants, and South Africans alike, requires that there be integration and access to care for all migrants.


R1. The development of migration aware and mobility competent systems is needed, including: addressing language barriers, providing translators, accessible information for both migrants and healthcare providers, ensuring health services respond to mobility of care both internally and across borders.

R2. There is a need to develop and implement effective strategies to support  providers in delivering their duty of care to all, including migrants.  This may include providing health services to mobile populations in transit points, or making use of outreach services. 

R3. Over half of South African citizens move internally, much of this work-related.  Recognition of this mobility needs to be integrated into the current health system and NHI reforms.  Inclusion of mobile and migrant groups into health care can lower public health costs, through opportunity for early intervention and increased immunisation rates. Available resources should support a NHI system that seeks to achieve inclusive UHC; however resource distribution is currently unequal.

R4. People should be able to access healthcare regardless of documentation to achieve health targets and to improve health for all populations. 

Policy briefing: Migration and Universal Health Coverage in SouthERN AfricaR5. There is a need to assess how best to use existing resources. Costing studies will help develop cost-sharing mechanisms and financing systems to enable effective regional responses to migration and health.

PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Refugee and Migrant Health

The editors of PLOS Medicine together with Guest Editors Paul Spiegel, Kolitha Wickramage, and Terry McGovern, announce a forthcoming special issue devoted to refugee and migrant health. Research submissions are now being invited.

Originally posted: https://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2019/07/15/plos-medicine-special-issue-refugee-and-migrant-health/

At the 72nd World Health Assembly held during May 20–28 of this year in Geneva, Switzerland, a very welcome global action plan was agreed which seeks to establish a “framework of priorities and guiding principles … to promote the health of refugees and migrants”. The WHO document also notes that the number of forcibly displaced people has reached its highest ever level, at an estimated 68.5 million individuals, including 25.4 million refugees—the majority hosted in low- and middle-income countries. Further, approximately 10 million stateless people lack basic human rights to freedom of movement, education and health care. Scattered across the planet, such enormous numbers of people dwarf the individual populations of many countries yet, all too often, no government or international agency can offer adequate protection or health provision to this virtual state of refugees and migrants.

There is substantial documentation of the numerous and grave health threats faced by migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Migrant workers who have relocated internationally are at risk of occupational injuries and ill health, for instance. Migrants and refugees can be vulnerable to serious outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as cholera, in emergency settings. In a transit or destination country, people could be affected by diseases prevalent in their country of origin, such as tuberculosis, and by non-communicable diseases, for example, that reflect the situation in countries of transit or destination. Mental ill-health, including post-traumatic stress disorder in relevant groups of people, is a particular concern for migrants and refugees and their health providers. In many settings, barriers of language, culture or law prevent migrants from accessing essential services.

Seeking to raise awareness of the health threats faced by migrants and refugees and to promote research, service and policy innovation in this area, the editors of PLOS Medicine are planning a Special Issue on the topic to be published in March 2020. Guest Editors are Dr. Paul Spiegel, Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins, University, Dr. Kolitha Wickramage, the Global Health Research and Epidemiology Coordinator at the UN Migration Agency, and Ms. Terry McGovern, the Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor and Chair Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

The Guest Editors and PLOS Medicine editors are particularly interested in receiving research submissions in the following areas:

  • Health of migrants and refugees in low-, middle- and high-income countries, including that of internally displaced persons and economic migrants. Epidemiology of health challenges, including nutrition, trauma, mental health and other non-communicable diseases, and communicable diseases arising in affected populations’ varied contexts.
  • Planning and provision of health services for migrants and refugees in diverse settings—special provisions needed for pediatric, maternal and women’s health in such settings, where risks of sexual and other violence and trafficking are increased; planning for and prevention of infectious disease outbreaks; integration of services with national systems; and relevant health information systems to inform such services.
  • Health systems including infrastructure, workforce and clinical practice in settled and other settings such as refugee camps. Issues of health worker training and maintaining care quality.
  • Financing mechanisms and funding for migrant and refugee health in low-, middle- and high-income countries. Implications for the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Leadership and governance of humanitarian programs. Coordination structures, accountability, autonomy and community involvement.
  • Human rights, health and migration—the practice of human rights and humanitarian law and humanitarian principles in complex and increasingly politicised environments.

Please submit your manuscript at: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/s/submit-now and ensure that you mention this call for papers in your cover letter. The submission deadline is October 4th, 2019.

Questions about the special issue should be directed to plosmedicine@plos.org.

Featured image credit: Felton Davis, Flickr

Call for submissions: Conference – Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy

Reposted from: http://iasfm.org/blog/2019/05/14/iasfm18-call-for-contributions/

Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy

University of Ghana, Accra

27th – 30th July 2020


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We are living in turbulent times within which the issue of forced migration and the subject of ‘the refugee’ have become deeply symbolic of broader processes of political, economic and social change. This is reflected in the politicization of migration by countries in both the Global North and South. Against this backdrop, scholars and advocates working with and for refugees and other forced migrants, as well as refugees themselves, are increasingly struggling to get their voices heard and to mobilise effectively. Whilst there are many initiatives globally these have struggled to become more than the sum of their parts. Moreover whilst the objective of decolonising forced migration research remains an important project, it faces significant new challenges, not least the unequal power relations associated with funding made available via the institutions of the Global North for research and practice in the Global South, much of which is orientated towards containment agendas. The current migration research landscape is heavily skewed towards the Global North where existing research is largely designed and led, and where governments and international organisations increasingly fund research to inform policy development. The Global North’s interests shape dominant research themes, producing a disproportionate focus on South-North migration (SNM) and categories of migrant defined in law and policy to make sense of – and increasingly contain – migration flows. Epistemic communities concerned with migration are largely produced and reproduced in and by the Global North: while ODA-recipient countries host a growing number of research centres, most researchers are trained in the Global North. The resulting echo chamber constrains the capacity of many of the poorest countries to analyse the migration issues that affect their communities without outside technical assistance and expertise. This requires us to ask ourselves challenging questions about the focus of our academic endeavours, the ways in which we work together and our engagement with those we want to influence, most notably policy makers, politicians and a wide range of publics.

The title of IASFM18 – ‘Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy’ – represents an attempt to engage forced migration scholars and others directly in addressing these questions. The conference will be organised around a number of key underpinning principles which will shape the content of the programme, the nature of the contributions and a range of other activities taking place before and after the conference to ensure that IASFM18 is part of a process rather than a time-limited event:

  • Key note and plenary sessions will include the voices and perspectives of scholars, policy makers, artists and displaced people working in the Global South;
  • Space will be created within the programme for new and emerging scholars to be heard and for their work to be supported;
  • Refugees and other displaced populations will be directly involved in the programme design and delivery as scholars, artists and people directly affected by the issues under discussion, including through activities that will be developed with local refugee communities in the period leading up, and beyond IASFM18; and
  • The format of the conference will allow for a wide range of contributions to be fully included: creative and artistic representations, debates and discussions as well as more ‘traditional’ academic papers.


The conference will run over three and a half days and will consist of four keynotes, three plenary discussions and thirty parallel sessions, providing an opportunity for a wide range of contribution and participants from different backgrounds and geographical contexts. Part of the conference programme will be organised and run by Liberian refugees living in the nearby Buduburam camp. A full conference programme will be available shortly.


The Organising Committee for IASFM18 invite contributions that address the cross-cutting themes of knowledge productioncategory construction and representation. Contributions should critically engage with dominant conceptualisations of forced migration/refugees as a ‘problem’ to be solved by global elites, instead developing approaches that fuse the critical and the creative and which integrate theoretical rigor and policy concerns with refugees’ rich and complicated experiences. We are particularly interested in contributions that examine the dynamics of knowledge production in relation to issues of forced migration and concomitant methodological challenges including/reflecting relationships between researchers and the researched, between researchers from the Global South and North, and between researchers and policy-makers. Case studies/examples from the Global South of the ways in which scholars and practitioners from the Global South are able to shape research and policy agendas, are particularly welcome. Examples of topics that may be explored in relationship to the conference themes include:

  • Representations of ‘the refugee’;
  • The political economy and ethics of knowledge production in forced migration research;
  • Innovative and inclusive methodologies in researching displacement and belonging;
  • The legacy and implications of the Global Compact on Refugees;
  • Regional responses to displacement in Africa;
  • Refugee protection in countries that are not signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention;
  • The protection of refugees in Europe;
  • The relationship between forced migration and inequality;
  • The relationship between development programs, refugee protection and removal;
  • Protracted displacement;
  • (Re)conceptualising internal displacement; and
  • Forced migration and environmental change.



Ghana provides visa free access for all those travelling from other West African countries and a few countries outside West Africa, including Kenya and Singapore. Citizens of African Union countries (except Morocco) and many countries outside Africa are able to obtain a 30 day visa for Ghana upon arrival for a fee $150. Further information about visas to Ghana can be found here. The Centre for Migration Studies will provide letters of invitation where required to enable speakers and participants to travel to Ghana.


Funding for travel subsidies will be very limited and will be restricted to those who will be presenting at the conference. We strongly encourage participants to look for funding support from other sources. The application is available online: http://tinyurl.com/y3auqurb


The Organising Committee welcomes contributions to IASFM18 which fit the overarching conferences themes. Whilst we will accept individual papers, our preference is for panel sessions of 1.5 hours. The slot allocated for a panel session time can be used in any way you choose e.g. paper presentations, panel discussion, roundtables, workshops, open debate, performance –  or indeed a combination! If you would like our assistance in devising a panel, please contact the ESPMI Network at espminetwork@gmail.com who will endeavour to connect you with others who are interested in contributing on a similar theme/issue in order that you can develop your collective panel proposal.

The deadline for submissions is 4th November 2019. Submissions can be made at http://tinyurl.com/n5nm7yu

You will receive a decision about whether your contribution has been accepted by the end of February 2020.

Please note that decisions about the final conference programme will be underpinned by equality principles, ensuring opportunities for a wide range of speakers and participants from different backgrounds provided that their proposed contribution is consistent with the conference objectives and reaches a minimum quality threshold. Particular care will be taken to ensure that early career researchers, scholars working in the Global South and those working across a range of geographical and organisational contexts are able to participate.

Call for papers: BMJ series on Migration and Health

We are excited to launch a new series in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Migration and Health, that involves a collaboration between MHADRI, IOM and the BMJ. The first articles are now online.

Submit your paper here.

Anti-immigrant rhetoric permeates today’s political discourse and soaks through much of society. In this highly politicized context, dominated by debates on immigration and border control, understanding and tackling what affects the health of migrants, their families, and communities is often overlooked and underserved. These gaps in understanding the relation between migration and health remain a challenge that policymakers, practitioners, civil society, and researchers must collectively embrace.

The BMJ’s migration health series aims to provide insights and perspectives by researchers, policymakers, practitioners, civil society, and migrants themselves on issues, challenges and complexities in advancing migration health. The series is being developed in collaboration with the UN’s Migration agency (IOM) and the Migration Health and Development Research Network (MHADRI) – a global network of migration health researchers.

7th International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health

Conference Theme: Occupational and Environmental Health: At the Crossroads of Migrations, Empires and Social Movements

Reposted from: https://icohhistory2020.ukzn.ac.za/

Held under the auspices of the ICOH Scientific Committee, History of Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Diseases, the planning for the ICOH History Conference for 2020 has already begun in earnest! Scheduled for 27-29 May 2020 in Durban, South Africa, we are planning for an exciting event, for the first time on the African continent

The scientific programme will focus on the migration of workers in various time periods, the interconnections of empires, public health in post-colonial periods, and the role of trade unions and other social movements in occupational and environmental health. The evolution of occupational and environmental health especially in Africa, as well as globally, will be addressed.

The conference is intended to promote interconnections among historians, social scientists and occupational and environmental practitioners/researchers. Leading historians in occupational and environmental health have been invited to give keynote lectures. In addition, there will be an open call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations and a pre-conference methods training workshop.

All conference and programme updates, registration process, fees and the submission of abstracts information will be available at the conference website at icohhistory2020.ukzn.ac.za.

President’s Excellence Chair in Global Migration

Reposted from: https://politics.ubc.ca/presidents-excellence-chair-in-global-migration/

The Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, invites applications for a President’s Excellence Chair in Global Migration, a full-time tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. The chair will be provided with research funds and have a reduced teaching load for a seven-year term, which can be renewed* for an additional 7 year term. For more information on the President’s Excellence Chairs at UBC please visit: ubc.ca/excellence. We are seeking a senior scholar with expertise in Global Migration and the ability to build on growing momentum in this area at UBC and provide intellectual and institutional leadership. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and be an outstanding researcher whose scholarship has made a significant international impact; have a strong record of attracting and supervising graduate students; have demonstrated excellence in teaching all levels of students; and be pursuing an original and productive research program in Global Migration.

The candidate will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Political Science, as well as supervise undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and contribute to service at the departmental level and beyond. Migration is an interdisciplinary research excellence cluster at UBC, and the successful candidate will be expected to participate in and contribute to the growth of this cluster. There also is the possibility of teaching in and contributing to other cognate units, including the possibility of a cross-appointment.

Applicants should submit a cover letter that includes a statement of major research contributions and current and future research programs, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement (1-2 pages) of teaching philosophy, interests and accomplishments, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations, sample syllabi), a 1 page statement about experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, and names and addresses (e-mail addresses included) of four referees. Applications should be submitted online at https://poli.air.arts.ubc.ca/presidents-excellence-chair-in-global-migration-application-form/ Job ID: 35313. Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2019. Applications received by that date are assured of full review, though applications will be considered until the position is filled.

UBC embraces equity and diversity as integral to our academic mission. We encourage and support participation of the widest range of perspectives in our exploration and exchange of knowledge and ideas. An essential component of academic excellence is a truly open and diverse community that actively fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or excluded. We encourage applications from members of groups that have historically been marginalized, based on their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, racialization, disability, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit or indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

*The name of the renewed Chair is subject to change

Call for papers: Special Issue “Community-Based Global Mental Health for Refugees and other Migrants”

Reposted from: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/community-based_global_mental_health_refugees_migrants

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: 1 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Kevin Pottie Website E-Mail
(1) C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Bruyère Research Institute, Ottawa ON K1R 6M1, Canada;
(2) Department of Family Medicine, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
Interests: health inequities for vulnerable populations; primary care access and guidelines for immigrants and refugees; community based research; infectious diseases and NCD in migrant populations
Guest Editor
Dr. Olivia Magwood Website E-Mail
Research Associate, C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Bruyère Research Institute, Ottawa ON,Canada
Interests: Refugee and migrant health, Community participation in health, Maternal and child health, Mental health, Primary health care, Public health
Guest Editor
Dr. Azaad Kassam Website E-Mail
Psychiatrist, Queensway Carleton Hospital, 3045 Baseline Road, Nepean, ON, K2H 8P4, Canada

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global health prioritizes the science of the burden of disease; its driving philosophy is equity, i.e., justice and fairness in the distribution of health in society, and its scope is global. Global mental health is the application of these principles to the domain of mental illness and suffering. Although most migrants are remarkably resilient, forced migration is associated with trauma, physical violence, and lack of basic resources. Exposure to stressors after resettlement, such as poverty and limited social support, also impacts on mental illness. Common mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are often more prevalent among refugee populations of all ages compared to the general population.

There is a critical need for more research on timely community-based mental health services for refugees and other migrants. Community-based programs are often more acceptable and accessible to migrant families. These services provide interdisciplinary care that may extend into primary health care. What are the best approaches to deliver community-based services for migrants? How can primary care collaborate with mental health specialists and community-based support systems? What form of training programs and supervision are warranted? How can trans-national influences on mental health, such as migration, conflict, and disasters, be integrated into community-based care? 

This Special Issue seeks papers providing insights into how global and community mental health can be enhanced for refugees and other migrants, in both clinical and non-clinical settings. We welcome papers that examine naturally occurring processes or utilize experimental approaches, as well as high-quality theoretical or systematic reviews. We hope that this Special Issue will present a collection of findings useful to improve community-based mental health care for refugees and other migrants.

Prof. Kevin Pottie
Dr. Olivia Magwood
Dr. Azaad Kassam
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com 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.


  • Global mental health
  • Refugee and migrant health
  • Community mental health
  • Implementation science
  • Trauma
  • Primary Health Care
  • Health equity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.