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Class on Migration and Health Policy by Jerrold W. Hughet (open to students)

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On Friday 20 April 2018, renowned migration expert Jerrold W. Hughet will give a class for the MA students of the Migration and Health Course (PR 644) of the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) of Mahidol University at SEA Junction at 1-4 PM. In view of the high relevance of this topic the class will also be open to interested students of other universities.

There is a close and multi-dimensional link between migration and health that requires research and policy attention. International migrants may be subject to multiple discrimination, violence, and exploitation, all of which often directly affect their physical and mental health.  In addition, migrants may have health problems that are not well known or understood in their new countries of residence.  To compound this problem, legal or socio-economic barriers impede access to health services in many cases; in cases where migrants do have access to health services, these may not be migrant-sensitive or culturally and linguistically appropriate.

Communities receiving large numbers of migrants confront new challenges, such as increased diversity of the population and the consequent change in the cultural profile and health perspectives of its patients.  This inevitably impacts the day-to-day work of health professionals.  Current approaches to managing the health of migrants need to keep pace with the growing challenges associated with the complexity, volume, speed, diversity and disparity of modern migration flows to ensure that all migrants are able to realize their fundamental right to health.

International migration also impacts health care when health professionals migrate.  In order to promote fair and ethical recruitment of health professionals, particularly by more-developed countries, the World Health Organization in 2010 adopted the WHO Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.  In 2014, WHO published a thorough study of implementation of the Code of Practice in countries of origin, including the Philippines, and in the major countries of destination – Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The study also examined approaches to measuring changes in the labour force related to health personnel.

These and other related aspects will be the focus of the class lecture and discussion, with particular attention for the policy aspect especially in Southeast Asia.



Jerrold W. Huguet was formerly the Chief of the Population and Development Section of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in Bangkok. He is currently an independent consultant on population and development, with a particular interest in international migration. He is an international advisor to the Asian Research Center for Migration. E-mail: jwhuguet@yahoo.com

Migrants await care at a health clinic in Mae Sot. Shoklo Malaria Research Unit. Source: Global Health Now https://www.globalhealthnow.org/2016-12/thailand-3-month-could-boost-migrant-health


SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia, aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/

Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University is one of Asia’s premier population research and training hubs. The Institute conducts research and provides training in population and development and explores their relationship to the social, economic, reproductive health, medical and public health fields. This allows the Institute to help address emerging issues for Thailand and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia and beyond, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for all. For more information see http://www.ipsr.mahidol.ac.th/ipsrbeta/en/Index.aspx


April 20
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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SEA Junction, Room 408, BACC
939 Rama 1 Rd, Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
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