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Congress Themes

The Congress will be broad, as reflected in the title, and will span the major disciplines working in the field and tackle the subject from theory to practical interventions.  The Congress will take a future-orientated perspective but will examine the past as a way of understanding the present, and planning for a better future. We will be particularly interested in historical studies that illuminate both excellent and abhorrent, theories, policies and actions so that we can learn lessons.

Our planned plenary programme, given below, gives a concrete illustration of the range of themes to be covered.  The specific themes identified (we welcome others), and that we hope to include in plenary sessions, invited and submitted workshops, and free papers include the following:


  • Why humans migrate, including the role of climate change, population growth or decline, exploitation and degradation of environments, globalisation, economic development, education, tourism, war, political instability, persecution, human trafficking and famine
  • Why human societies subgroup themselves into races and ethnic groups, including psychological and social factors
  • The role of population mixing and intermarriage in relation to ethnic diversity
  • The mutual influence of the recipient populations on migrants & racial/ethnic minorities and vice versa, including indigenous minorities
  • Changing, gaining, and losing cultures
  • The origins of differences in health status by migrant status, race and ethnic grouping
  • Diversity in health beliefs, attitudes and behaviours
  • The impact of social, cultural and genetic diversity on economic well-being, demography and health/healthcare
  • Hypotheses arising from observations of migration-related, racial and ethnic differences in health status

Scholarship & research

  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of major causes of death, disease, illness, sickness and disability: implications for migration status, race and ethnicity
  • Development and analysis of information systems routinely including migration status, ethnicity and race data
  • Empirical research on the welfare, health and social status and health and social care of migrant and racial/ethnic minorities
  • Understanding the causal factors underlying the disease patterns and inequalities
  • Researching the intersection between migration status, ethnicity, race and other important characteristics including sex, gender, economic circumstances, disability, sexuality et cetera
  • Development & evaluation of interventions designed to improve the health, welfare and health and social care of minorities and to narrow health and health-care inequalities (disparities)
  • Involvement of migrants and racial/ethnic minorities in the research process, including recruitment and retention issues
  • Promotion of topics that are sometimes under-emphasised given their importance e.g. mental health

Policy and practice

  • The development, evaluation, value and monitoring of anti-discriminatory laws and policy
  • The effects of ethnic and social diversity on service delivery by public and private organisations
  • Development, monitoring & evaluation of policies, strategies and plans
  • The health and healthcare of indigenous minority populations
  • The need for specific health and social care services for migrants & racial/ethnic minority groups
  • The health of migrants in transit and in detention
  • How health and social care systems can be adapted to meet the needs of migrant and racial/ethnic minority groups
  • Effectiveness of policy and law in ensuring equity and fairness in health and social care
  • The knock-on effects on effective integration on good health and good health and social care
  • The consequences of the international migration of health professionals both for the countries of origin and the countries of destination
  • Involvement of migrants and racial/ethnic minorities in the development and implementation of policies and health and social care
  • Economic aspects of migration and the multi-ethnic society with particular reference to health