CIBERESP Immigration and Health Subprogramme (CIBERESP SIS)

The Immigration and Health Subprogramme (SIS) was created in the Epidemiology and Public Health Biomedical Research Consortium (CIBERESP) in 2011. It was included in the Programme for the Biological, Behavioural and Structural Determinants in the Contraction and Spread of Communicable Diseases in Vulnerable Populations (DAPET Programme).

The purpose of SIS is to improve and monitor knowledge about the health status of the immigrant population in the Spanish State in connection with communicable and non-communicable diseases and with biological, structural and behavioural health determinants. The research activity of the SIS is cross-sectional and multidisciplinary where it coordinates and promotes collaborations and synergies between Groups that are part of the Subprogramme and in collaboration with other CIBERESP groups.


Steering Committee:

Research groups:

Contextual determinants Group 3. Health Inequality Carme Borrell (; Davide Malmusi (
Non-communicable diseases Group 47. Occupational Health Elena Ronda (
Group 21. Mental Health and Drug Addictions Teresa Brugal (; Francisco Collazos (
Group 6. Sexual and Reproductive Health Paco Bolumar (
Group 36. Cancer Prevention Silvia de Sanjosé (; Vanesa Rodríguez (
Communicable diseases Group 27. HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections Cristina Agustí (; Jordi Casabona (
Group 12. Tuberculosis and Vaccine-preventable Diseases Joan Caylà (
Group 29. Imported Diseases María Roura (
Group 33. Population Dynamics of Antibiotic Resistance Fernando Baquero (; Juan Carlos Galán (; Ana María Moreno (
Group 2. Molecular and Genomic Epidemiologies Andrés Moya (; Fernando González (
Group 4. Role of Infectious Agents in Non-communicable Diseases Enrique Calderón (
Methodological aspects Group 24. Health Surveys Carmen Navarro (; Rocío García (; María José Tormo (

Scientific Activities

A. Research projects

1. MEISI Project

Changes in health and healthcare of immigrants and vulnerable populations, in the context of a crisis. Analysis of multiple sources of evidence. MEISI: a number of pieces of evidence on health, healthcare, immigration and vulnerable populations.

1.1. MEISI I: Access to and quality of healthcare of vulnerable populations in Spain in the context of the financial crisis.

  • PI: Dr. Mª Luisa Vázquez.
  • General objective: Analyse the influence of the economic crisis on the access to and quality of healthcare of vulnerable populations in Spain.

1.2. MEISI II: Impact of the economic crisis on major infectious diseases to which mandatory reporting applies: population-based study.

  • PI: Dr. Joan Pau Millet
  • General objective: Determine differential epidemiological characteristics of sexually transmitted infections (gonococci and syphilis), HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis (A, B and C), and vaccine-preventable diseases (measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough) in native and immigrant populations before and after the start of the economic crisis (2000-2016).

1.3. MEISI II: Evolution of biological and structural determinants in an immigrant family cohort.

  • PI: Dr. Jordi Casabona
  • General objective: Describe the evolution and correlation of health determinants in an immigrant family cohort and its context. Identification of syndemics.

2. PELFI: Platform of Longitudinal Studies on Immigrant Families

The PELFI project is being conducted in Badalona, Alicante and Barcelona, and includes several immigrant family sub-cohorts:

2.1. MEISI II: Evolution of biological and structural determinants in an immigrant family cohort.

2.2. Work, immigration and health in an immigrant population cohort in Spain.

2.3. Relationship between the psychosocial environment of adolescents and the mental health (R.E.P.A.S.A.M.E.)

B. Products

1. Communications in congresses

- 5th European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health

- 2013 XXXI SEE Meeting

- 2014 XXXII SEE Meeting

XXXIII Reunión SEE 2015

  • Aceptabilidad para participar en un estudio de cohorte de familias inmigrantes de Badalona
  • Incidencia de tuberculosis en la ciudad de Barcelona
  • Cambios en el acceso a la atención sanitaria de los inmigrantes en el contexto de crisis económica
  • Estudio de revisión sobre definición de familia en estudios de cohortes con población inmigrante
  • PELFI: Plataforma de estudios longitudinales de familias inmigrantes. Primeros resultados


  • Impacto de la crisis económica en la incidencia de la hepatitis A en los residentes inmigrantes y autóctonos de la ciudad de Barcelona.
  • Impacto de la crisis económica en la incidencia de la hepatitis B y C en los residente inmigrantes y autóctonos de la ciudad de Barcelona.
  • Cambios en la calidad de la atención sanitaria a inmigrantes en el contexto de crisis económica
  • Using the family as a study unit in migrants cohorts: preliminary results from 45 Pakistani families in Badalona
  • ¡¡Pregúntele si ha tomado medicamentos de su país!!
  • Estrategia metodológica para formar una cohorte prospectiva multicéntrica: proyecto Plataforma de Estudios Longitudinales de Familias Inmigradas (PELFI)
  • Policies to support immigrant health in Spain: Recommendations from the CIBER-ESP Subprogram on Migration and Health
  • Diferencias entre migrantes y autóctonos a través de la cascada de atención del VIH, Cataluña


9h European Public Health Conference 2016


Preliminary findings on children health determinants in a multi-site cohort of immigrant families in Spain (PELFI Study)

2. Publications

- Scientific Articles

- Reports