Spotlight on Refugee Health
Many people have fled to Sweden from their homelands in recent years. How have these refugees been affected physically and emotionally by such trauma? Researchers at Karolinska Institutet are investigating these questions to learn more about the impact of flight.
The war in Ukraine
Through the newly established Centre for Health Crises, KI tries to provide help and support in the escalating situation in Ukraine. On this page we have collected information och resurser for staff, students, journalists and the public related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Mental recovery is being counteracted
Creating a life based on security, participation and belonging can give newly arrived people the environment they need to heal the mental wounds that many carry with them when they come to Sweden. But Sweden’s new refugee policy risks resulting in the opposite, researchers warn.
"The life my parents had built up was demolished"
Negra Efendics parents feelings of gratitude were mixed with difficulties accepting that all the life they’d built up was demolished and would never come back.
“I fled across the Mediterranean eight times”
Walid Ek came to Sweden from Syria in 2014 after being smuggled in a truck.
Migration during pregnancy increases the risk of autism
The risk of being affected by autism appears to increase for children who come to Sweden in their mother's womb. Women who were pregnant when immigrating are almost twice as likely to have a child with autism. These are the results of a new study from Karolinska Institutet.
Passivity can increase the risk of diabetes
Per Wändell's research shows that the process of changing country can also lead to physical ill-health. For example, there appears to be an increase in the risk of diabetes, at least for women.
Increased suicide risk among unaccompanied refugee minors
In a report, researchers at KI have concluded that the risk of suicide among unaccompanied refugee minors and young adults in 2017 was nine times higher than the equivalent figure for the same age group in the Swedish population.
Poor tuberculosis screening in Sweden
Knut Lönnroth is studying how the Swedish TB screening works in practice, something which has previously been poorly documented.