Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine

Language Selection

Breadcrumb Navigation


Health care provision for migrants: Comparing approaches to ethical challenges in Germany and the United Kingdom

International and interdisciplinary workshop for young scholars from March 14-18, 2016 in Munich, Germany


Call for Papers Migration, Health and Ethics - Special Issue in Bioethics

Dr. Katja Kuehlmeyer, Corinna Klingler und Dennis Odukoya are planning a special issue in the journal Bioethics. Therefore, they have prepared a Call for Papers in the field of migration, health and ethics.They would like to encourage researchers in the field to submit their papers to the journal. The papers will be subject to a peer-review process.
Furhter information is given here.




As part of the workshop we are organizing a public lecture and a panel discussion. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

An increase in international migration over the last decades has had various consequences for the provision of public health care in European countries. Destination countries face many challenges, for example migration-sensitive research and health care surveillance, the access to health care and the inclusion/exclusion of specific migrant groups as well as intercultural communication between health care personnel and migrated patients. These challenges have an ethical dimension because they concern the well-being and self-determination of patients, they pose questions of equitable access to and fair distribution of health care resources and they warrant further reflection on medical decision-making in cases of value conflict due to divergent cultural and religious backgrounds of patient and physician. A comparison of different approaches and strategies to these challenges in two countries (Germany and UK) can deepen our understanding and lead to the development of ethically acceptable solutions to pending problems.

Main themes of the workshop

• Terminology and knowledge production: How do we talk about migrant health?
• Access to public health care: Who should be in-/excluded and for what reasons?
• Allocation of responsibility: Who should be held responsible for overcoming access barriers to health care?
• Value pluralism: How to deal with cultural diversity and the search for ethical universals?

Confirmed Experts

Comparative Health Policy: A Comparison of the health care systems of Germany and the UK

Prof. Dr. Viola Burau (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Associate Professor in Public Policy at the Department of Political Science

Challenges in the health care provision for migrants: A comparison between the UK and Germany

Dr. Hiranthi Jiayaweera (University of Oxford, UK)
Senior researcher at the Center on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Razum (Bielefeld University, Germany)
Head of the Department of Epidemiology and International Public Health

Prof. Dr. Hella von Unger (LMU Munich, Germany)
Professor for qualitative research methods at the Institute for Sociology

Pluralism, culture and religion in end-of-life decisions for terminally ill children

Prof. Dr. Monika Führer (LMU Munich, Germany)
Head of the Coordination Center for Pediatric Palliative Care, University Children’s Hospital

Prof. Dr. Richard Huxtable (University of Bristol, UK)
Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ilhan Ilkilic (Istanbul University, Turkey)
Associate Professor at the Department of History of Medicine and Ethics
Member of the German Ethics Council

Prof. Dr. Georg Marckmann (LMU Munich, Germany)
Head of the Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine

The relationship(s) of ethics research and politics

Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx (CAU Kiel, Germany)
Head of the division of Biomedical Ethics
Former deputy director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Participation in the workshop

It is no longer possible to apply for the workshop.

The workshop will give a forum to young scholars from all relevant disciplines (e.g. medicine, nursing, ethics, law, sociology, social work, psychology, political science, and others) to present their work on these issues and discuss their ideas critically with peers working in the field and other distinguished experts. Field trips and lectures by renowned experts as well as periods of intensive group work are also part of the workshop.

The number of participants is limited to fourteen to allow intensive work and discussion. Participants will be primarily selected on the basis of the quality of their application and their fit into the program by a board of experts in the field of medical ethics, sociology, public health and law.

All accepted participants are asked to provide a manuscript of around 5-6 pages before the start of the workshop to be read in advance as preparation for the workshop. Furthermore, all participants are asked to give short presentation of 20 minutes during the workshop. Those will be followed by around 20 minutes of discussion with the other participants and available experts.

Expenses for travel, accommodation and meals will be covered. Each participant receives an honorarium of        € 300. Additionally, a joint publication or a special issue in a prominent journal of the field is planned to present main outcomes of the workshop. It is also considered to publish a book to which participants can contribute a chapter.


We invite young scholars (doctoral students, postdocs, and junior professors) to apply with an abstract on one of the four main topics. Applicants are asked to indicate which topic their abstract is addressing. The relevant ethical questions should be discussed within the context of the health care systems of Germany, the United Kingdom or both.

Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be submitted electronically, together with a short CV and a full publication list until September 1, 2015.


The workshop is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Organizing team

Main organizers are the Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine and the Institute for Sociology of LMU Munich. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the Munich Center for Ethics (MCE), the Department of Epidemiology & International Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bielefeld University, Germany and the Center for Ethics in Medicine, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK.

Contact person

If there are any questions, you can contact the organizers at or +49 (0)89/2180-72794. Applications should also be sent to the provided email address.

Flyer (pdf-document, 843 kb)