Panel Discussion

Debunking the Myths on Migration and Health Systems

Berlin science week

Migrants use of public health systems is often a politically charged issue. Yet often discussed without evidence or reference to facts. In a world where we are all increasingly mobile, have national health systems become an anachronism?

Three experts will engage with the audience to explore the current discourses around migration, gender and health systems. They will discuss research evidence from their work in the global north and south. The event is intended for anyone interested in engaging with and harnessing evidence on migration and health systems.

Johanna Hanefeld presenting on the MiGHS grant
Johanna Hanefeld taking questions
Johanna Hanefeld taking questions


Dr Kayvan Bozorgmehr is a Professor in public health and head of the Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research at Bielefeld University. He leads several large-scale research projects on health and health care for asylum seekers. Dr Bozorgmehr is an internationally acknowledged expert in the field of refugee health and has worked as consultant to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe.

Dr Johanna Hanefeld, is Lead of the LSHTM in Berlin, and Associate Professor in Health Policy and Systems. Her specific expertise is in quantitative and qualitative policy analysis focused mainly on low-and middle-income countries. She is PI of a UK MRC grant that investigates the intersection of gender, migration and effects on health systems in Southern Africa – the MiGHs grant:

Dr Marion Aichberger is a member of the division of ‘Cross-cultural Research on Migration and Mental Health Care, Social Psychiatry’ and she co-heads the research unit “Global Mental Health” at the Charité University in Berlin. Dr Aichberger is a research fellow at the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research at the Humboldt University. Her primary research focus is on the role of migration-related factors, social status and discrimination in mental health problems, access to hard-to-reach populations, and prevention among immigrant groups.


Nora Anton is Director of International Cooperations at the World Health Summit and Head of International Services at Charité Global Health. She has experience working in health-related European and international projects and she networks at the interface of science, industry and policy, including the Enterprise Europe Network, EIT Health and the M8 Alliance.


Open to all on a first come, first served basis