PhD Defence: Health Aspects of Return Migration – University of Copenhagen

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Health aspects of return migration
- characteristics, motives and access to health care

PhD Defence: Line Neerup Handlos

Time 21 July at 11.00 PM
Place CSS 1.1.18, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1014 København K

The PhD defence will be held in English. 

The Section for Health Services Research will host a reception after the defence. Please send an email to STF-sek@sund.ku.dk no later than June 30th if you plan to participate.

In the defence, Line Neerup Handlos will present and discuss her PhD thesis, which explores the health aspects of return migration. In response to the current political focus on the voluntary return of migrants, the aim of the PhD project was to understand the phenomenon of return migration better in order to inform the interventions and strategies that may be implemented to encourage migrants to return.

The thesis investigates what characterises return migrants with regard to demography and health status, the health-related motives for return migration and how corruption affects returnees’ access to health care in their country of origin.

Drawing on registry analyses and interviews with Bosnian migrants conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Denmark, as well as theories on the motives for migration and on access to health care, Line finds that differences in demography and health status exist between return migrants and non-returnees. She also finds that corruption acts as a barrier to access to health care, which affects return migrants particularly strongly, and that return migrants prioritize health in the broad sense of their physical, social and mental wellbeing when they return.

Supervisors

  • Associate Professor Marie Nørredam, Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Karen Fog Olwig, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen,
  • Professor Ib Christian Bygbjerg, Section of Global Health, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen

Opponents

  • Associate Professor Morten Skovdal (chair), Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
  • Professor Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark
  • Professor, Dr.med. Oliver Razum, Department of Epidemiology & International Public Health, Bielefeld University

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