“Introduction: Migration and Health in Social Context”

A woman carries a large jug of water through Gado refugee camp
Credit: UN Women/Ryan Brown. As of January 2016, 243,750 people had fled the violence in Central African Republic (CAR) and become refugees in Cameroon.

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Emily Mendenhall and Seth M. Holmes introduce the BMJ Global Health journal’s issue on “Migration and Health in Social Context”. The authors point to social determination of health (including migration) and medical discretion amidst unequal power relations as factors that make global health equity difficult to achieve. The studies of this issue examine which social, political and economic structural factors impede or facilitate health among the most vulnerable migrants seeking care from clinical settings globally. They also highlight the importance of social context to global health. Each article considers real clinical cases from around the world in order to show how medical social science concepts are important and relevant to global health clinicians, policy-makers, and health system planners.

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Read the article co-written by Emily Mendenhall on “Flourishing: Migration and Health in Social Context”.