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Migrant's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Project

Our project aims to improve the knowledge-base, contribute to and strengthen stakeholder coordination to address the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services to address the needs of asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants in Sweden.

Study Objective

To enable more coordinated, appropriate, accessible and quality assured SRHR response, and to identify the barriers and needs for delivery information to both providers and migrants, thus increase knowledge about sexual and reproductive health prevention and treatment services, including testing for sexually transmitted infections.


Our research approach is using both qualitative and quantitative related to sexual and reproductive health and rights through more age-appropriate, culturally and gender sensitive services that reach migrant groups in need.

The project is divided into 3 parts:

Part 1

  • Surveys assessing migrants' knowledge, attitudes and practices towards accessing SRHR services; testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV in Sweden
  • Interviews and discussions on migrant's needs and barriers to access SRHR services and how to improve coordination among key stakeholders for uptake to these services in Sweden

Part 2

  • Assessment on the family planning and partner norms in relation to SRHR among migrants in Sweden

Part 3

  • Assessment on the SRHR preferences and certain risks among migrants in Sweden
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of migrant health policies related to SRHR and migrants in Sweden and selected European countries

Research Ethics Approval

The study protocol, consent forms and data collection tools have been approved by the Regional Ethical Review Board in Stockholm and follow accordingly to the ethical guidelines and principles of the WMA Declaration of Helsinki.

Team Members

Principle Investigator

Anna Mia Ekström


Claudia Hanson (KI)

Anna Karin Hurtig (Umeå University)

Bi Puranen (World Values Survey)

Susanne Strömdahl (KI)

Anna Kågesten (KI)

Siri Engberg (KI)

David Saleh (KI)

PhD students

Veronika Tirado

Sara Causevic


World Values Survey


Umeå University

RFSU Stockholm

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

Behavioural Economics - Stockholm School of Economics

CES - Stockholms Läns Landsting


FORTE - Forskningsrådet för hälsa, arbetsliv och välfärd

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Stiftelsen Solstickan

Stiftelsen Class Groschinskys Minnesfond