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Första världskongressen om "Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health - Diversity and Health"


In the 21st-century we are witnessing the rapid movement of people across continents and between countries with an acceleration towards the creation of multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multicultural societies. This has implications not just for those moving but for settled populations, and in particular indigenous minorities.

This phenomenon is bringing high-level opportunities and challenges, which deeply affect health in its broadest sense, healthcare systems and the delivery of health care to individuals.

To meet these challenges requires ever increasing and deeper study of core concepts such as equality, equity, migration, ethnicity, race and how these concepts impinge on the achievement of good health and health-care in individuals and populations.

During the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, held in Edinburgh, May 17-19, contemporary problems across the globe will be examined, solutions debated, and it will be attempted to forecast the future.

Some of the topics covered are diseases (including uncovering their causes); health effects of social, environmental and demographic change; and theoretical, conceptual and technical developments in the disciplines underpinning our work.

The congress aims to share the best of international research, scholarship and practice particularly to identify generalizable theories, principles and actions that hold across the world.  Among other specific goals is to bridge differences in concepts and terminology so our field moves to adopting terminology that is acceptable and understood internationally.

The aim of the congress is to give an opportunity for people working in the field not only to showcase their work but also to meet to share experience and motivations, and it is hoped that people from a range of disciplines will get to know each other and build networks.

The MERH 2018 Congress is hosted by the University of Edinburgh, the European Public Health Association and NHS Health Scotland.

Congress aims

  • To improve research, population health and health care for migrants and other discriminated-against populations
  • To bring together policy, social science, clinical, social service and public health perspectives and share and transfer learning within and across countries
  • To examine contemporary problems across the globe and debate suggested solutions
  • To Consider health effects of social, environmental and demographic change associated with population migration, and the effects on diseases and their causes
  • To find ways to overcome differences in concepts and terminology so the field can be understood internationally in acceptable language.
  • To provide opportunities for people to showcase their work and to meet to share experience and motivations
  • To build networks that will last beyond the congress itself

Registration and programme

Registration is now open, for more information and programme, see congress website.