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we care about language and mental health care in the context of migration

"Multilingualism in providing quality mental health care to migrants - needs, resources and practices" - MiM2M

Project aims

This international and interdisciplinary project aims to enhance the quality of health care systems for migrants by mitigating language barriers in the context of mental health care, thereby improving the patient-provider communication process and subsequent outcomes such as treatment quality and satisfaction. The project will be conducted in collaboration between five country groups: Germany, Romania, Netherlands, China and South Africa.

We aim to

  • to understand how (mental) health care providers and migrant patients perceive language barriers

  • to develop solutions to overcome language barriers on an individual and organisational level

  • to support local migrant communities to access (mental) health services

  • to support young researchers and promote exchange across countries

Project facts


Volkswagen Foundation (Germany)

Funding initiative

The project  is part of the joint funding initiative “Mobility – Global Medicine and Health Research" of Novo Nordisk Fonden (Denmark), Fundación Bancaria "la Caixa" (Spain), Wellcome Trust (Great Britain) and the Volkswagen Foundation (Germany). Further information about the funding initiative and the other projects can be found

Funding duration

10/2022 - 09/2026 (4 years)

"I am excited to be part of this project as I wanted to pursue a line of research that specifically focused on speakers who do not have Afrikaans or English as their home language, and how they navigate institutional settings such as health care in South Africa."

Asithandile Nozewu, Linguist and Post-Doc

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