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Health and access to healthcare are considered non-negotiable human rights. However, in Germany, this right is partially denied to migrant populations, leading to the United Nations expressing their concerns about German migration policies in 2018 (Bozorgmehr, 2019). Migrants in Germany often face structural barriers to healthcare, which have been further exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the need to better understand and promote the healthcare needs of migrant populations becomes increasingly urgent. Since these needs and health-related behaviors are closely intertwined with social and cultural structures, a comprehensive examination requires an interdisciplinary perspective encompassing medicine, global health, sociology, political science, cultural studies, as weil as a transdisciplinary approach that includes knowledge from non-academic actors, civil society, political institutions and NGOs.
Our research team consists of scientists from Humboldt University, Free University, and Charite - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Our goal is to develop a better understanding of the interaction between migration and health, with a particular focus on gender and intersectionality. We will investigate topics such as the utilization of healthcare services and unmet needs among marginalized migrant populations in Germany. Ultimately, we aim to establish a knowledge platform for migration and health to integrate new insights into societal practices and facilitate relevant exchange.
Funding: BUA Grand Challenges Exploration Projects "Global Health"
Financing volume: 1.3 Mio.€ Duration: January 2023 - December 2025
Research Team Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Pls: PD Dr. Stefanie Theuring, PD Dr. Joachim Seybold, Dr. Sara Nasser, Dr. Angel Phuti, Prof. Tobias Kurth
Co-ls: Dr. Alex Müller, Dr. Bornice Biomndo, Mascha Kern, Muhammad Barghouth, Tran Nu Bao Chau