Migrant Communities and Health Network

The world counted 258 million international migrants in 2017, representing 3.4% of global population - UN.org

About the Network

Migrant Communities and Health (MICH) Network is an initiative composed of Researchers, Postdocs and PhD students at Karolinska Institutet with the aim to address knowledge gaps, explore research interests, and engage in teaching opportunities relevant to the health of migrants, refugees, and ethnic minorities.

Our Aims

  • Collaborate with and support the research on Migrant Health in Sweden 

  • Create a space for sharing insights from our research, both with other researchers and community actors

  • Create a forum for investigating and understaanding the Swedish system relevant to migrant health and staying up-to-date on policy changes

  • Offer opportunities for earning credits via eg. journal clubs or seminar series

  • Offer a welcoming and supportive network for potential researcher, postdocs and PhD students

Collaborating Research Groups 

The MICH Network operates with cross-disciplinary research groups at Karolinska Institutet.

Contact us if you would like to join our mailing list. 

Research topics

  • Infectious diseases, TB and HIV among newly arrived migrants in Stockholm 
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights among migrants in Sweden
  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among immigrants in disadvantaged areas of Stockholm 
  • Mental health screening among newly arrived migrants in Sweden
  • Immigrant mental health and social integration in Sweden
  • And more...

Relevant Publications

Ethnic heterogeneity, social capital and psychological distress in Sweden.
Johnson-Singh C, Rostila M, Ponce de Leon A, Forsell Y, Engström K
Health Place 2018 07;52():70-84​​​​

'Valuable but incomplete!' A qualitative study about migrants' perspective on health examinations in Stockholm.
Shedrawy J, Lönnroth K, Kulane A
Int Health 2018 05;10(3):191-196

The role of social capital in explaining mental health inequalities between immigrants and Swedish-born: a population-based cross-sectional study.
Johnson C, Rostila M, Svensson A, Engström K
BMC Public Health 2017 01;17(1):117​​

Employment status and psychological distress in a population-based cross-sectional study in Sweden: the impact of migration.
Sidorchuk A, Engström K, Johnson C, Kayser Leeoza N, Möller J
BMJ Open 2017 04;7(4):e014698​​​​​

Labour-market marginalisation after mental disorders among young natives and immigrants living in Sweden.
Helgesson M, Tinghög P, Niederkrotenthaler T, Saboonchi F, Mittendorfer-Rutz E
BMC Public Health 2017 06;17(1):593​​​​​

Methodological considerations for economic modelling of latent tuberculous infection screening in migrants.
Shedrawy J, Siroka A, Oxlade O, Matteelli A, Lönnroth K
Int. J. Tuberc. Lung Dis. 2017 09;21(9):977-989​​​​

Suicide among first-generation and second-generation immigrants in Sweden: association with labour market marginalisation and morbidity.
Di Thiene D, Alexanderson K, Tinghög P, La Torre G, Mittendorfer-Rutz E
J Epidemiol Community Health 2015 May;69(5):467-73​​​​


Graduate Student

Charisse Johnson

Organizational unit: Public Health Epidemiology
E-mail: charisse.johnson@ki.se

PhD student

Veronika Tirado

Organizational unit: Global health (IHCAR)
E-mail: veronika.tirado@ki.se