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Migration, Public Health and ICT: Events Overview

Migration, Public Health and ICT: Events Overview

 Migration, Public Health and ICT Events

Summary of Search Results


This summary provides a glance at events (worldwide) which may implicitly or explicitly include themes which explore the intersection of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), migration and public health. Migration is an important issue because many migrants are also vulnerable or marginalized populations that have difficulty accessing appropriate health services. The aim of this summary is to encourage further exploration, research and events on this topic, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Research Questions:

What are the ongoing academic and non-academic events on migration, public health and ICT in LAC and elsewhere?

What are the main ICT features considered in these events?

Research Findings:

Searching for events was carried out using Google’s search engine with various combinations of the search terms:

English: migration, health, ICT

Spanish: migración, TIC, salud

Events were selected and reviewed if they contained all, or at least two of the search terms: whether migration and health or migration and ICT but never just health and ICT.

Main themes

a. Personal care workers (such as Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aide/Assistant, Geriatric Aide/Assistant and Psychiatric Aide) as migrants and their use of ICT to support their work

b. Migrants as vulnerable/disadvantaged populations

c. ICT as a tool to discuss public health and migration and establish a global network of migration and health scholars (for example the e-conference on Migration and Health)

d. The effect of digital media on the following important areas related to migration:  political representation, visibility, participation; culture, identity and belonging; family separation and long distance communication; and patterns of migration and policy repercussions.

Key messages

a.More and more, social interactions are developed and changed by new technologies such as mobile phones and internet based applications including social media.

b.Currently, there is a growing consciousness among migration researchers of the extensive consequences of the use of the new technologies for migrant social life

c.The internet has begun to change traditional ways of accessing core establishments of social life - employment, health, education, housing and spouse selection.

Identified gaps

a. The relation between ICT and migration has often been under-researched. There is still a serious absence of empirical data and theoretically rigorous methods to track the current interactions between ICT and migration processes.

b. In cases of an event which focused on health and migration, it did not explore ICT. In other cases, events focused on ICT and migration but did not consider health.

c. There was no evidence of events that explored how ICT can be used as a tool to improve access to health of migrant populations.

Table Showing Conferences Found on Migration, Public Health and ICT


Conference Name

Organized by

Place, Date

Themes & Gaps

Related publications


‘ICT and Migration: Mobility and Cohesion in the Digital Age’

International Centre for Migration Policy Development

2009, Vienna, Austria


Health is only touched upon; and only from the angle of personal care workers

1. ‘ICT in domiciliary socio-health care delivery and migrant care workers” (not so relevant)


2. Study on the State of the Art of Research in the EU on the Uptake and Use of ICT by Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities (IEM), Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) (relevant) 

Expert talk: HIV and Migration in the Caribbean


German Development Cooperation


ICT not discussed 

E-Conference: The Health Consequences of Migration


Columbia University in the City of New York


January, 2014, Online 

ICT not considered in health and migration (only as a tool to accommodate conference) 

Migration Without Boundaries:An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on Migration


Michigan State University


October 4 & 5, 2013 


ICT not considered

Digital Diasporas: Migration, ICTs and transnationalism


Department of Sociology and Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

13 January 2011 - 14 January 2011

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Public Health not considered 

“Health and Migration in the EU: 

Better health for all in an inclusive society”

Lisbon, Portugal







Seminario sobre Migración y Salud

La Conferencia Regional 

 sobre Migración (CRM) 

Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala,

Octubre de 2004



ICT not considered overall, but some slight mention in presentation

Red de servicios de orientación

 y apoyo a las familias de migrantes

en México Dr. Carlos Esponda 

VIII Conferencia Iberoamericana de Ministras y Ministros de Salud. La migración del personal de salud en la región de las Américas, situación, perspectivas y sugerencias para la acción


 Ministerio de Salud de Uruguay, Organización Panamericana de la Salud / Organización Mundial de la Salud

Octubre de 2006, Uruguay

ICT not considered