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Health of Chinese and Filipino Migrants in Milan: Present Challenges Potential Opportunities

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9 October 2013 Governance & Economy Department ASEF Public Health Network Public Health

Milan, Italy



The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Fondazione ISMU, with the support of Milan Municipality, co-hosted a Public Event 'Health of Chinese and Filipino Migrants in Milan: Present Challenges Potential Opportunities' on Wednesday 9 October 2013 in Palazzo Sormani – Sala del Grechetto.


International migration is one of the most important issues of the global policy agenda. The ASEF Public Health Network’s research initiative on health and migration aims to contribute to policy development process and to implementation of evidence-based policies and programmes across Asia and Europe. As part of this endeavour, the ASEF Public Health Network launched the 1st Joint Research on Regional Integration and Public Health in 2011. The research study by the Yuchengco Center (The Philippines) and Fondazione ISMU (Italy) on The Health Dimension of Asian Migration to Europe” presented comprehensive data on health status of Chinese and Filipino migrants in Italy and Spain. It also put forward some recommendations to integrate their needs into the policies of receiving countries.


At this public event, research findings were presented, and this was followed by a panel discussion with practitioners from some local authorities. They discussed the varying contexts and approaches to addressing migration health issues.


On the following day, a session was organised at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where young researchers and students would hear from ASEF representatives and researchers from Fondazione ISMU about the ASEF-supported cross-regional researches on health and migration, sustainable development as well as perception studies of Asia and Europe.




  • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Milan, Italy)
  • Fondazione ISMU - Iniziative e studi sulla multietnicità
  • Milan Municipality


  • Government of Japan
This project is sponsored by the Government of Japan.

Project Updates

  • ASEF’s newest publication, ‘The Health Dimension of Asian Migration to Europe’ is now online. This report features the outcomes of ASEF’s Joint Research on Health and Migration, undertaken by Fondazione ISMU (Italy) and the Yuchengco Center (Philippines).

    One of the major findings of the study indicated that in Spain and Italy, Chinese and Filipino migrants rarely make full use of available healthcare services, eventhough both of these countries have health services that are relatively widely available to migrants compared to other EU member states. Some of the major barriers migrants face in making use of healthcare services in the receiving countries are: 1) health service providers’ lack of understanding of migrants’ health-seeking behaviour, 2) low cross-cultural competencies among healthcare providers and migrants, and 3) limited opportunities for migrants to engagein health policy development.

    To download the publication, click here

  • Migrants’ health is a key policy development area in public health where knowledge sharing and comparative studies across regions can play an important role. To address that, ASEF’s Public Health Network supported a research study led by the Yuchengco Center in The Philippines and Fondazione ISMU in Italy on ‘The Health Dimension of Asian Migration to Europe’.

    The key findings of this study will be shared through a public talk on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 at Palazzo Sormani – Sala del Grechetto in Milan, Italy. The talk, ’Health of Chinese and Filipino Migrants in Milan’, will be organised by ASEF and Fondazione ISMU, with the support from the Milan Municipality. Sharing of research findings will be followed by a panel discussion with practitioners from some local authorities.

    On the following day, a similar public event will be organised for young researchers and students at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. ASEF representatives and researchers from Fondazione ISMU will share the work of ASEF’s Public Health Network as well as key findings from the research study by Yuchengco Center and Fondazione ISMU.

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