MHADRI Newsletter August 2022

As announced in our May newsletter, an Early Career Research (ECR) network sub-committee was formed in April 2022. Over the coming months, the ECR sub-committee will be planning events and determining ways to support early career members within the MHADRI network. To stay updated on ECR activities enter your details here. For any queries, please do not hesitate to email the ECR team (

For this issue of the newsletter, we’d like to take this opportunity to showcase three articles recently published by ECR sub-committee members:

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"Migrants face several unmet health needs due to the inability of the healthcare system to address their healthcare challenges. As a result, they adopt coping strategies to overcome their healthcare needs. Consequences can include infrequent but severe adverse reactions, dangerous drug interactions, incorrect dosage etc. Little is known in Ghana about the role played by cultural and linguistic barriers in shaping migrants' access to formal healthcare and the coping mechanisms adopted by these migrants to overcome their healthcare challenges. Surprisingly, most of the studies that have been conducted have focused on financial barriers to care accessibility. This presents a loss opportunity for any health programme aimed at addressing this inequity. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to fill this gap by exploring the challenges of healthcare accessibility and coping strategies adopted by migrants to overcome their healthcare needs in the informal urban settlement of Madina, in the Greater Accra Region."

"Nature and composition of inter-state migration into districts of Kerala"

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Tijo George published – with colleagues – Nature and composition of inter-state migration into districts of Kerala: Some evidence from Census of India, 2011 

"The state of Kerala has always been the forerunner in educational and social reforms in India, but now it is crucial to integrate inter-state migrant workers into its society for the state’s economic welfare. To achieve this, knowledge of size of migrant population and their regional distribution is essential. It could be eventually used for planning, provisioning health and welfare activities, sensitization of host communities, and making migrant inclusive policies. The main objective of this analysis was to describe the mobility into Kerala state by examining the inter-state and inter/intra-district migration streams, identifying the reasons for migration across the districts of Kerala using the data from the 2011 Census of India."

"Framing Migration During the Covid-19 Pandemic in South Africa: a 12-Month  Media Monitoring Project"

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Thea de Gruchy as co-author alongside other MHADRI members - Framing Migration During the Covid-19 Pandemic in South Africa: A 12-Month Media Monitoring Project

"Assumptions surrounding the origins of Covid-19, the relationship between human mobility and the spread of the virus, and the pressure that the pandemic has placed on communities, have exacerbated xenophobic tensions globally, including in South Africa, a country long-associated with xenophobia. Previous research exploring how the South African media frames migration, and research investigating the framing of migration during Covid-19 in other contexts, has found that the media tends to frame migrants in terms of (un)deservingness and blame them for the spread of disease. Our findings, however, identify different concerns. This article discusses findings from a 12-month study exploring how migrant and mobile populations in South Africa were framed in the media as the pandemic developed during 2020."
Organisation Profiles
MHADRI members work worldwide in and in collaboration with highly respected organisations. In this newsletter, we are sharing some of the organisations our featured ECR sub-committee members work with. Click on each image below to see more information.
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Member Connections
We are so excited to have the possibility of meeting up with MHADRI members in-person again this year! Where are you heading for a conference? Let us know by emailing our comms team
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For general connections outwith conference times, we'd like to remind you of the features we have on our members' portal! This is a great way to find other members in your area or field of expertise if you wish to collaborate. You are also able to edit your own profile to promote and disseminate your work. Please do this so our information is up to date! You can filter a search by location, general research focus, or specific migration topics, or search for your own key words.  
Website Updates

We are continually working hard to make sure MHADRI is easily accessible to both new and established researchers, and having a good website is important.
Click here to have a look.

The communications team has added translation services and is working on ensuring screen reader capability as well. Are you a MHADRI member with ideas on how to make our online presence work better for you? Reach out to our comms team
Have Your Say
The MHADRI Steering Committee has been working hard to come up with plans for the network, but we have always intended to be member-led. 

Do you have ideas for projects the MHADRI team could undertake to better support our members? Email us to let us know!
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