Seminar: Migration and Health – University of Copenhagen

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Seminar: Migration and Health

What we know so far, what is lacking in our understanding and how to move forward?


In the last decades, European countries have experienced an increase in immigration, making migration more common than ever before and societies more diverse. Therefore, migration has become extremely important in the international agenda given its public health implications and the multiple challenges that countries face in dealing with and adapting to this reality.

During the migration process, migrant/refugee populations often have to adapt to new societal, cultural and linguistic contexts in the host countries. Also, the current complexity of the migration phenomenon results in a heterogeneous migrant population with different characteristics and health needs across European countries. This poses significant public health challenges in terms of tackling the social determinants of health, planning and implementing effective health policies, and adapting the health systems, including the response of health services to disparate health needs as well as the ability of health professionals to deal with cultural diversity. All these aspects must be considered in societies pursue for migrants’ integration and for healthcare quality and equity in order to attain the wellbeing of the whole population.

Research on the health impacts of migration has significantly increased over the years. It has been giving a valuable contribution in pointing out evidence-based efforts and strategies that may effectively improve health gain among these populations. Yet, further efforts are still needed to help societies to become more inclusive and potentiate the benefits of a successful migrant integration.

The Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, NOVA Health, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Norwegian Institute of Public Health organize the International Seminar “Migration and Health: what we know so far, what is lacking in our understanding and how to move forward?”.

This Seminar will provide an opportunity for debating these current hot topics at policy, research and intervention levels. It will gather a wide audience of international and national stakeholders and experts in Migration and Health issues. The Seminar aims to discuss what we know so far, what is lacking in our understanding and how to collectively move forward in order to achieve the ultimate goal of improving the health and wellbeing of migrant/refugee populations and societies in general. Topics under debate will include innovative ways of researching and intervening to act more efficiently and have greater impact in obtaining health gain.

Within the Seminar it will be produced a brief report with conclusions and a book with the contributions of invited speakers aimed to provide a comprehensive review of the state-of-art on migrant and health issues and recommendations for sound research, policy development and future actions.


  • Date: 8 June
  • Time: 09-18
  • Place: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisboa, Av. de Berna, 45 A
  • Delegate fees: 50 Euros
  • Register: here
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09.00 am

Open Session

Adalberto Campos Fernandes, Minister of Health

Pedro Pita Barros, Vice-Rector Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Jorge Simões, GHTM, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, UNL

Sónia Dias, GHTM, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, UNL

Anders Erdal, Norwegian Ambassador to Portugal

Jorge Soares, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

09.30 am

Conference inaugural

President: Isabel Mota, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Honour Speaker: President Jorge Sampaio

10.00 am

The policy and politics of migrants and health: national view

Moderator: Dulce Salzedas

Francisco George, Director-General of Health

José de Matos Rosa, President of Parliamentary Committee of Health

Pedro Calado, High Commissioner of Migration

Maria Teresa Mendes, President of Portuguese Refugee Council

11.00 am Coffee break
11.30 am

The policy and politics of migrants and health: international view

Moderator: Constantino Sakellarides - Foundation for Health – National Health Service

Isabel de la Mata, European Commission

Santino Severoni, World Health Organisation

Josep Figueras, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Teymur Noori, European Centre for Prevention and Disease Control

Maria do Carmo Silveira, Executive Secretary for CPLP

Roumyana Petrova-Benedict, International Organization of Migration

01.00 pm


02.30 pm

Migrants and health: Current status

Moderator: Henrique Barros, ISPUP, Universidade do Porto

Allan Krasnik, EUPHA, University of Copenhagen

Sónia Dias, Director of the International Public Health Unit, IHMT, UNL

Bernadette Kumar, Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research (NAKMI)

Daniel López Acuña, Escuela Andaluza de Salud Publica, Junta de Andalucia

03.45 pm

Coffee break


Migrants and health: current and future policies and actions

Moderator: Vera Arreigoso

Anne Bergh, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

David Ingleby, University of Amsterdam

Antonio Chiarenza, Azienda Unità Sanitaria

Maria do Céu Machado, Hospital Sta Maria, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa

05.30 pm

Closing session

Jorge Simões (Rapporteur), GHTM, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, UNL

Paulo Ferrinho, Director of Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, UNL

António Rendas, Rector da Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Isabel Mota, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of The Portuguese Republic