A large body of research has recognized that immigrants live 'between worlds', i.e. they simultaneously struggle to become integrated into their host society and try to maintain a strong relationship with their communities of origin.

Despite the recognition that immigrants' lives are influenced by their host and origin societies, rarely do health studies examine immigrant health in a transnational framework.



The mission of the CIPMH is to generate and improve knowledge on the links between migration processes and the health of (im)migrants, their families, and their sending and receiving communities using a cross-national lens for research and policy. Our work seeks to address knowledge gaps in areas critical for understanding the determinants of immigrant health and to inform intervention and policy opportunities to preserve or prolong the health advantage among first generation immigrants and promote the health of their offspring.

What is Cross-National Research?

The health of immigrants and their families is typically related to both conditions in the countries they came from and conditions in the countries to which they come. Cross-national research broadens our understanding of observed variations in mental and physical health among immigrant groups by exploring social, political and economic factors in countries of origin and in nations receiving large shares of immigrants. Considering an array of related conditions in several places over time leads to a fuller, more precise understanding about how we might enhance and improve the health of immigrants, their children and the communities affected by world migration.