What we do

We work in an investigation with the objective of studying and promoting the welfare and health of migrated people.


Why it is important?

In recent times there has been an intense migration worldwide, so it is necessary to achieve a better understanding of how migrants adapt and face the experiences of acculturation in the new host country.

Studying this process of psychosocial adaptation is important, since it affects sociocultural integration and the health status of the individual and, consequently, influences the social benefits of migration in the receiving country.

1. Study of Well-being and Health in the Migratory Process (I IN 170717 EN 162 FA 01)

During 2018, we worked in the phase focused on knowing and quantifying the prevalence of mental disorders in the recently arrived migrant population (up to 5 years from migration) and current resident of Barcelona and on the protective and risk factors that could intervene in integration in the first years.

2. Post-Migration Health and Welfare Study: Detection of Psychosocial and Health Needs (II IN 180803 EN 162 FA 01)

During the year 2019, and as the first phase of the study, we are working to find out how the adaptation and acculturation process has taken place, through interviews, with people who have been in Spain for 5 to 15 years and who resides in the city of Barcelona. In addition, in the second phase of the project and with the information gathered to date, we will develop a pilot instrument that allows evaluating and intervening on relevant social and health factors related to the migration process, promoting a model of comprehensive care in all dimensions of person. This instrument will be built together with a committee of experts in the field at the national level and a working group formed by researchers from Catalonia, the Autonomous Community of Madrid and the Valencian Community.

3. Study of Good Practices for Well-Being and Health in the Migratory Process: Stress and Perceived Discrimination (II IN 190517 EN 162 FA 01)

During the year 2020, and as the first phase of the study, we were analyzing in depth, through semi-structured interviews, those risk factors that most influence the health of recently arrived migrants (up to 5 years after migration), such as self-esteem, adverse experiences in childhood and / or adolescence, social discrimination and perceived stress.
As a second phase of the project, we will design a guide of good practices on the main modifiable risk factors of the social environment such as stress and perceived social discrimination in daily life, in health; with the aim of promoting a comprehensive and socioculturally effective bio-psycho-social approach. Finally, we will carry out dissemination tasks and create a web platform to promote social sensitivity and the dissemination of good practices included in the guide.

Which entity finances this project?

The General Directorate of Migrations of the General Secretariat of Immigration and Emigration of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security in the 2017 and 2018 FAMI Call.

What other entities collaborate?

It is a project involving three centers of the Juan Ciudad Foundation (Hospital Order of San Juan de Dios).

In addition, the following organizations have collaborated in gathering information:

  • Fundació Privada Bayt al-Thaqafa
  • Associació de Treballadors Pakistanesos

Would you like to participate in the study?

We are looking for 1000 foreigners in Barcelona who want to share, confidentially, their experience in the immigration process.


  • C /Dr. Antoni Pujadas, 42
    08830 Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona). Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu. Edifici Sant Rafael - 1a planta
    Unitat de Recerca
  • 656 67 08 99
  • e.salut@pssjd.org