The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health


Is Migrant Health Racialised?

November 26, 2020 2:00 PM

Join us on November 26th for the second in the Borderings webinar series, 'Is Migrant Health Racialised?', for an exploration of the complex nexus of race, migration, gender and health.

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 unpacks how racialisation is a determinant of migrant health.


Dr Emma Hill, University of Edinburgh 

Emma is an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in Sociology and Cultural Studies and expertise in displaced migration in the Global North, race, migration and decolonisation, and the politics of belonging among Somali-Scots populations.  She is currently a Research Fellow on the GLIMER (Governance and Local Integration of Migrants and Europe’s Refugees) Project.

Dr Susanna Corona Maioli, University College London 

Susanna is an Italian-Mexican medical doctor interested in the effects of forced migration on the health and mental health of children and adolescents. After having done her final degree thesis on age assessment among unaccompanied minors, she is currently a PhD student in the Institute of Global Health, UCL, exploring the effect of migration transit on identity and resilience among unaccompanied migrant minors in Mexico. She is also part of UCL Migration Research Unit and the Race and Health collective: a hub for investigating how racism and discrimination affects health and interventions to improve health.

Natasha Chilambo, African Caribbean Medical Association UK

Natasha is a final medical student and Undergraduate Research Fellow at King’s College London. She holds an MSc in Leadership & Development from the African Leadership Centre with a thesis that explored how health can be reconceptualised using theoretical frameworks from other disciplines in approaching peace policy issues. She is working to develop a new framework for incorporating structural competency within the medical curriculum with Structure & the Clinic: a KCL based team passionate about an intersectional, multidisciplinary, and cross-cultural approach to teaching medicine as a social science as well as a biomedical one.

About the Series

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