Scientific Program

International migration is a global phenomenon that is growing in scope, complexity and impact. Human migration is now at an all-time high, accounting for 240 million persons and is shaping world events and fuelling political and public debates. People have been migrating since the beginning of human history to escape natural catastrophes, wars and dictatorships or to seek out a better life for themselves and their families. These flows have led to the progressive and balanced mixing of people that has generally been productive, leading to cultural and economic exchanges that have benefited both the native and migrating populations and have built nations. The rate of migration however, has increased dramatically since the 1970s, tripling over this time. Forced migration, driven primarily by conflicts, social injustice and global inequities, has also increased during this same time, resulting in a quarter of all international migrants who are refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced persons many with health disparities. Migrant populations are heterogeneous and have a broad range of health needs -- their presence raises several medical, ethical, economic, social and cultural issues for both migrants and receiving health systems.

International Conference on Migration Health Program-at-a-Glance

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Migration: Past, Present, Future
    Ambassador William Swing, Switzerland

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Promoting and Protecting the Health of Migrants
    Martin Cetron, United States of America

Migration Today: Challenges and Opportunities
    Patricia Walker, United States of America
    Paul Spiegel, United States of America
    Jeff Sachs, United States of America

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Caring for Migrants as the Result of Irregular Surges: Experiences of Receiving Countries in the European Refugee Crisis
    Androula Pavli, Greece
    Susanne Pruskil, Germany

Public Health Surveillance for Refugees and Migrants
    Jonathan Suk, Sweden
    Emily Jentes, United States of America

Caring for Migrants as the Result of Regular Migration: Experiences of Receiving Countries in North America and Australia
    Paul Douglas, Australia
    Annalee Coakley, Canada

Mental Health Among Migrants in Different Settings
    Eric Jarvis, Canada
    Cornelius Katona, United Kingdom
    Vincenzo Spigonardo, Italy

Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases
    Maria L. Muiesan, Italy

Tuberculosis, HIV, and Viral Hepatitis
    Sally Hargreaves, United Kingdom
    Julia del Amo, Spain
    Jordan Feld, Canada

Parasite: Malaria, Chagas, Schistosomiasis, and Strogyloides
    Eli Schwartz, Israel
    Rogelio Lopez-Velez, Spain
    Zeno Bisoffi, Italy

How to Address Migrant and Refugee Women's Health
    Crista Johnson-Agbekwu, United States of America
    Claire Tantet, France
    Ghayda Hassan, Canada

Setting Pediatric Migrants Up for Long-Term Success
    Alisa Miller, United States of America
    Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, United States of America

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Panel Discussions

Regional Migration: Challenges and Opportunities
    MODERATOR: Davide Mosca, Italy

Publishing, Policy, and the PressShaping the Public and Policy Discourse on Migration Health
    PANELIST: Ibrahim Abubakar, United Kingdom

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Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Among Migrants
    MODERATOR: Ymkje Stienstra, The Netherlands
    PANELISTS: Nina Marano, United States of America
    Mareike van der Werf, Sweden
    Delia Goletti, Italy
    Sally Hargreaves, United Kingdom

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Vaccination Issues Along the Migration Pathway: Accomplishments and Challenges
    Michelle Weinberg, United States of America

Educating the Next Generation of Health Care Providers for a Mobile World
    Brett Hendel-Patterson, United States of America
    Nathan Bertelsen, Turkey

The Art and Science of Screening Migrants
    William Stauffer, United States of America
    Begona Monge-Maillo, Spain
    Teymur Noori, Sweden

Successfully Engaging Migrants in Health Care
    Dominik Zenner, United Kingdom
    Janine Benson-Martin, Germany

Digital Solutions to Enhance the Continuity of Care for Refugees and Migrants
    Kanav Kahol, United States of America
    Thomas Schulz, Australia
    Kudzai Kanhutu, Australia

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Open Forums

Through the Eyes of Migrants

The Health Professional Experience with Migrants

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Early Morning Sessions

Migration Aspects of GeoSentinel
    David Hamer, United States of America