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Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) among young migrants in Sweden

Research project The study examines the sexual and reproductive health of young migrants in Sweden as well as factors that are important for their SRHR. The goal is to contribute with current knowledge for health promotion and disease prevention among migrants.

There are often restrictions on the right to health and t sexual and reproductive health for young migrants. This is partly just because they are migrants.

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Project overview

Project period:

2018-01-01 2019-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

External partners

Public Health Agency of Sweden

Research area

Public health and health care science

Project description

The purpose of the study is to answer the following questions:

• How do young migrants describe their general and sexual health?
• What factors are important for young migrants' SRHR?
• Are there any differences among various groups of migrants?
• What needs do young migrants have, and how are these met by the Swedish healthcare?

 

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Despite a steadily improving health in the general population, there are significant differences in health between different groups of the society. These differences are particularly clear for people in vulnerable situations, such as migrants.

Migrants are overrepresented among the reported cases of HIV and certain STIs, and in practice there are often restrictions on the right to health and sexual and reproductive health.

This is partly just because they are migrants. However, migrants are a heterogeneous group that includes people from different continents, with different backgrounds and conditions.

This can affect their health and opportunities to enjoy their sexual and reproductive rights in different ways as well as access to different services. For example, young migrants are more vulnerable to migration-related stresses than adults, and there may be differences among young people based on gender, region of origin, age and level of education, etc. To increase gender equality and equality in health, these differences need to be analyzed and made visible.

This study aims to investigate the sexual and reproductive health of young migrants and the factors which are important for their SRHR.

The goal is to contribute with current knowledge for health promotion and disease prevention work in the SRHR area.
 

You can read more about the results here:

Report (in Swedish): Read here

Summary of the report (in Swedish): Read here

Artikel: Access of Migrant Youths in Sweden to Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare: A Cross-sectional Survey[MB1]