Abstract: The seminar will focus on the issue of migrant population’s health in nowadays Spain. Through a bibliographic review on public health literature, an overview of the main topics (morbidity, mortality, mental health, access to services, etc.) and type of studies published during the economic recession will be shown. In order to contribute to the understanding of the possible effects of the financial crisis is having on migrant’s health in the Spanish context, studies results and interpretations will be discussed. Also, work being carried out at the Andalusian School of Public Health will be presented.

Selected references:
Bernal M, González A, Valencia S, Moreno C, Pinzón S, Sagués A y Kalache A. (2012). “Envelhecendo na América Latina: narrativas e histórias de migrantes andaluzes”. En Nós e O Outro: Envelhecimento, reflexoes, práticas e pesquisa, coord. Belkis Trench & Tereza Etsuko da Costa Rosa T. Instituto da Saúde, Sao Paulo, Brasil. Temas em Saúde Coletiva (13): 243-266.

Comelles JM, Allué X , Bernal M, Fernández-Rufete J, Mascarella L (comps.) (2010). Migraciones y Salud. Publicacions URV, Tarragona  (ISBN:978-84-692-7267-1). Available at http://www.urv.cat/universitat/unitats_administratives/publicacions.

Comelles JM y Bernal M (2007). “El hecho migratorio y la vulnerabilidad del sistema sanitario en España”. Humanitas, Humanidades Médicas,13. Available at http://www.fundacionmhm.org/tema0713/revista.html.

Carta M., Bernal M., Hardoy MC. y Haro JM. (2005). “Migration and mental health in Europe (the state of the mental health in Europe working group: appendix 1)”. Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, 1:13. 

Bernal, M. (2003). “Good practices in mental health and social care for immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Spain” (109 pp.), en Watters, C. y Ingleby, D. (eds.).Final report on good practices in mental health and social care for asylum seekers and refugees. European Refugee Fundation. Available at http://www.fhspereclaver.org/migra-salut-mental/Id-spain.htm

Dr. Mariola Bernal is associated professor at the Sociology Department in the University of Barcelona. Nowadays, she works as a researcher for the Centre of Biomedical Research Network (CIBER) at the Andalusian School of Public Health. Dr. Bernal received her PhD in Medical Anthropology in the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) with a thesis on migration and eating disorders. She has participated in several national and international projects on migration and health, especially mental health.

Questions about the seminar can be addressed to:
PhD student Hélio Manhica helio.manhica@chess.su.se
Professor Anders Hjern anders.hjern@chess.su.se

The seminar will take place in room No 549 (CHESS Library) at CHESS, 5th floor, Sveavägen 160 (Sveaplan), on Wednesday, August 12th at 10 am.