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Young immigrants’ sexual rights and their access to sexual and reproductive health care in Sweden

PhD project Universal health coverage which is a key to improve the population health, cannot be argued if certain groups of the society are excluded from this coverage.

Migrants generally have lower access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and their social conditions are often limiting their ability to fulfil their right to sexual and reproductive health. But to what extent are migrants’ right to sexual and reproductive health fulfilled in Sweden?

Head of project

Mazen Baroudi
Doctoral student
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Project overview

Project period:

2019-01-01 2022-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

External partners

The Public Health Agency

External funding

Forte

Project description

The aim of this project is to explore sexual and reproductive rights among young immigrants in Sweden, assess their access to sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRHC) and examine the differences between immigrants with different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Some of the questions are:

  • To what extent sexual and reproductive rights of young migrants are fulfilled?

  • What challenges face young migrants in their access to SRHC in Sweden?

  • How are young immigrants perceive Youth clinics services?

  • How do migrant men perceive their sexual and reproductive rights?

Young immigrants have more vulnerability in regards to sexual and reproductive health and rights because of reasons related to the migration process and their socioeconomic status in the host countries. This causes higher prevalence of sexual and reproductive health problems among young immigrants and limit their access to sexual and reproductive health and healthcare.

Regardless of this vulnerability, there is limited research examining young immigrant sexual rights and their access to sexual and reproductive health care in Sweden. Research assessing differences between immigrants with various socioeconomic background specifically young men are scarce.  

Health equity including equity in health care is a national and international priority. In order to reach health equity it is important to analyse and highlight young immigrants’ sexual rights and to identify the challenges they face in accessing SRHC services.

The aim of this project is to explore sexual and reproductive rights among young immigrants in Sweden, assess their access to SRHC and examine the differences between immigrants with different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Specific objectives:

  • To describe the sexual and reproductive rights among young immigrants in Sweden and to what extent these rights are fulfilled.

  • To assess young immigrants’ access to SRHC in Sweden; to examine socioeconomic differences in their access; and to explore the reasons behind not seeking SRHC.

  • To explore youth perceptions of youth-clinic friendliness; and to assess any differences in perception between immigrant and Swedish-Scandinavian youths.

  • To examine young immigrant men’s perceptions of the factors affecting sexual and reproductive healthcare access in Sweden; and to understand the relation between the notion of being a man in the new social environment of Sweden and their help-seeking behaviors.

Read more about the project's results: Access to sexual and reproductive health care among young migrants in Sweden

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Read more about the project's results: To what extent are young migrant´s sexual rights being fulfilled in Sweden?

Swedish
English
Arabic
Dari
Somali

External funding