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Completed projects: Multilingualism in providing quality mental health care to migrants


Multilingualism in providing quality mental health care to migrants – needs, resources and practices (Pilot Study)


”La Caixa” Foundation (Spain), Wellcome Trust (UK), Volkswagen Foundation (Germany) and Novo Nordisk Foundation (Denmark)


01.11.2020 – 02.08.2021


Mike Mösko, Department of Medical Psychology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany


Kristin Bührig, Department of Language, Literature, Media; University Hamburg, Germany

Barbara Schouten, Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jan D. ten Thije, Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Leslie Swartz, Department of Psychology & Christine Anthonissen, Department of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University, South-Africa

Brian J. Hall, Department of Psychology, University of Macao, China

Razvan Chereches, Department of Public Health, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania


In preparing of the second application level for the call for proposal “Mobility – Global Medicine and Health Research - Joint call – 2020” proposal, a pilot study was carried out. In each of the five countries between six and ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with patients/migrants, mental health professionals, authorities, and experts on multilingualism in mental health care.

The experts were recruited based on a purposive sampling approach with experts included on micro-, meso- and macro-level respectively to reach a broad perspective on the topic. The interviews aimed to identify the challenges migrants face concerning access to and treatment in the (mental) health care system. Specifically, the challenges, resources and consequences of language barriers were investigated along with what political and institutional changes would be necessary to overcome these.


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