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Migrant and refugee health

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Guest edited by Prof Alimuddin Zumla and Prof Ibrahim Abubakar

We are currently witnessing an unprecedented global migrant and refugee crisis. The latest estimates of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) indicate that 65.3 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, and approximately 34,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day, due to conflicts or persecution. Migrants come from areas affected by extreme poverty and war, and embark on long and exhausting journeys. This may result in increased vulnerability to infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and mental health issues. The implications for global public health are too important to be ignored.

This article collection will cover recent advances in infectious and non-communicable disease research, tropical medicine, and global health policy that have both broad interest and high clinical and public health relevance due to their impact on migrant health.

We are now seeking submissions of original research (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses), in-depth reviews, opinions and debates offering novel insights into all aspects of migrant health. If you would like your work to be considered, please submit directly to BMC Medicine, stating in your cover letter that you are targeting the migrant health collection, or send a pre-submission enquiry to

The deadline for submissions of manuscripts is  31st August 2017