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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
Themes & Gaps
‘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)
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”
GOOD PRACTICES ON
HEALTH AND MIGRATION IN THE EU
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
LA MIGRACIÓN DEL PERSONAL DE SALUD EN
LA REGIÓN DE LAS AMÉRICAS,
SITUACIÓN, PERSPECTIVAS Y
SUGERENCIAS PARA LA ACCIÓN