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Register here // November 26th, 2pm GMT

The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health are excited to announce the second webinar of the Borderings seminar series: Is migrant health racialised?

About the Event

From explicit tabloid media’s racial ‘othering’ of migrants to the more implicit racial tonality of political rhetoric and immigration policy, race undeniably plays a major role in political and media discourse surrounding migration. Described by Balibar as neo-racism, this ‘racialisation’ of migrants is a form of culturalism that can be defined as a “racism without race,” in which migrants are discriminated against because of their cultural difference and perceived threat to national autonomy and safety.  We can see the racialisation of migration surface in debates about immigration, assimilation, and multiculturalism, and in the myriad ways it contours migrant experience, but how does it play a role in migrant health?

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how the intersection of multiple forms of discrimination and inequalities - in gender, class, geography, ethnicity, race, and citizenship status - have devastating impacts on health. This webinar, in collaboration with Race & Health, unpacks how racialisation is a determinant of migrant health.

Tickets are free but registration is required. Get yours here.

The Panel

Dr Emma Hill, University of Edinburgh

Dr Susanna Corona Maioli, University College London

Natasha Chilambo, African Caribbean Medical Association UK


About 'Borderings: Migration, Gender and Health

Continuously created and recreated, policed and enforced, borders demarcate boundaries of belonging. But borders are not only lines on the map, they are also drawn between people in the form of identity constructs; migrant-citizen,  male-female-non-binary, healthy-ill. These borderings are never neutral nor contained but are rather diffracted through each other and laden with associations and meanings. Our Borderings series poses a set of questions that encourage us to think more critically about the borderings of gender, migration and health.

Gender is filtered through every stage of migration. Gender influences reasons for migrating, who migrates and to where, how people migrate and the networks they use on their journeys, the opportunities and resources available at destinations, and relations with the country of origin. Health risks, vulnerabilities and needs are also shaped in large part by one’s gender, and often vary drastically between different groups. And yet, the gendered dynamics of migration and health remain starkly understudied and examined.

In a collaboration between the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health; UCL Migration Research Unit; and Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health; Borderings: Migration, Gender and Health series seeks to promote, enhance and connect dialogues of migration, gender and health.



Next reading group to be held on 1pm (UK time) on 22nd October

Please sign up using this link []

Please read in advance the following two articles: 

Yang, P. (2019). Psychoanalyzing fleeting emotive migrant encounters: a case from Singapore. Emotion, Space and Society., 31, 133-139.


Yang, P. (2018). Desiring ‘foreign talent’: Lack and Lacan in anti-immigrant sentiments in Singapore. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44(6), 1015-1031.


Seminar: Are single male labour migrants being neglected?

29th September, 12pm




We're excited to announce the first webinar of the Borderings seminar series: Are single male labour migrants being neglected? Join us on Tuesday 29th September at 12pm for a fascinating look at the intersections of migration, gender and health in the gulf.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharp relief the deep social fractures and inequalities that shape the health of international labour migrants. Despite being young and relatively healthy, poor and crowded living and working conditions put labour migrants at higher risk of not only COVID-19, but a host of other health issues.The short-term temporary status of labour migrant workers further complicates access to health care services.

In some Gulf countries, labour migrants constitute the majority of the population. This sub-population is often male-dominated, with men constituting up to every four-in-five migrant workers. The skewed sex ratio reflects the gendered determinants of both migration and the division of labour, but  is gender considered in responses to migrant health?  This webinar puts the health of male labour migrants at the center and explores the intersections of gender, health and migration in the Gulf states.

The Panel:

Kolitha Wickramage, Global Migration Health Research and Epidemiology Coordinator, IOM Migration Health Division

Insights and challenges on obtaining data and conducting research on the health and wellbeing of male labour migrants from low-middle income country settings.

Zahra Babar, Associate Director for Research, Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University in Qatar.

Vulnerabilities of male labour migrants in the Gulf.

Wafa Aftab, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University.

Are policies attentive to labour migrants’ health? Examining sending and receiving  policies on sexually transmitted infections.



Selected Past Events

November 2019: Podcasts and videos from the Refugee Hosts' International Conference, Without Exception: The Poetics and Politics of Local Responses to Displacement, are now available here.

5 November 2019: We have a new Twitter account - follow us on @UCL_MRU

24-25 October 2019: The Refugee Hosts' International Conference, Without Exception: The Poetics and Politics of Local Responses to Displacement, will take place at UCL on 24-25 October. Read more here.

14 October 2019: UCL Wide Open Student-Staff Meeting on Initiatives to Support Refugees and Migrants

12 Jun 2019: MRU Graduate Conference: Perspectives on Migration: Conversations on Mental Health and Wellbeing

3 Jun 2019: Moving Objects: Stories of Displacement Workshop, UCL Festival of Culture

20 May 2019: Launch of the Handbook of South-South Relations

10 May 2019: UCL-Yale Workshop on Religion and the Promotion of Social Justice for Refugees

19 March 2019: Migration and Society journal launch

14 March 2019: Moving Objects Symposium, UCL-Institute of Advanced Studies

7 March - 7 October 2019: Moving Objects Exhibition, UCL Octagon Space

22 Jan 2019: About a War film screening and panel discussion

13 November 2018: Migrant Integration, Education Policies, and Student Outcomes in Western Europe and Beyond, with Louis Volante, Professor of Education at Brock University and an Affiliated Researcher at UNU-MERIT. (Joint MRU-IOE Seminar)

4 October 2018: MRU Workshop: Performing Migration, MRU Leverhulme Artist in Residence, Tom Bailey

31 May 2018: South-South Humanitarianism: New Aims, Old Challenges

09 Jun 2017 MRU Student Conference: Between Borders

10-15 Mar 2017: RiMW and UCL-IAS hosted an exhibition and symposium (15th March) on Space of Refuge at the P21 Gallery in London. For more info click here.

06 Feb 2017: Tom Bailey, UCL Geography Artist in Residence Refugee Theatre Workshop

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