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Vision and Purposes

The Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health (MERH) is an actual and virtual meeting point for individual members and affiliated organisations, dedicated to the advancement of health and the promotion of equality and diversity.  Its focus is on protecting and improving the health of migrants and minimising health differences between ethnic/racial groups in any and all parts of the world, by promoting research, enhancing understanding, disseminating information and advocating for beneficial change.


  • That everyone has an equal right to health and access to health care regardless of ethnic background, place of origin, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

  • That greater understanding and real progress requires reliable information obtained by scientifically valid and ethical means.

  • That a multi-disciplinary approach is essential, in which the strengths of different organisations, skills and perspectives are brought together in a spirit of openness and cooperation.

  • That special attention needs to be given to the most vulnerable groups including survivors of torture, trafficked people, migrants in irregular situations, refugees and asylum seekers, and women and girls at risk or victims of abuse.

  • That, recognising the need for mutual comprehension and tolerance, we use words such as migrant, race or black with care and as far as possible with an agreed set of meanings.

Corporate Status


The Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health was registered on 26 July 2021 as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) No SC051149. The Society is subject to United Kingdom legislation under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, requiring it to fulfil its charitable purposes and giving it the powers to do so in appropriate ways, including by raising and using funds. The Society is led by a Board of Trustees, operating according to an agreed constitution and related policies.

Latest News

17 Nov 2021

COVID-19 and ethnic minorities

This systematic review and meta-analysis found a higher risk of getting COVID-19 in most ethnic minorities. No clear inequalities existed in outcomes after hospitalisation except for death in ethnic minorities in Brazil.

11 Nov 2021

COVID-19 and migrants

This new paper by GSMERH authors looks at what can be done to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe.

25 Oct 2021

Report from India

A powerful new report shows how the 2020 lockdown devastated the lives of millions of internal migrants in India.

26 Sept 2021

Lancet calls for papers

Advancing racial and ethnic equity in science, medicine, and health. Full details here

7 Sept 2021

New Section on Aghanistan

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