Interview with Hiranthi Jayaweera


1. What are the main themes in the literature in migration and health?

2.  Can you explain what the healthy migrant effect is?

3.  What are the methodological challenges?

4. What are the issues that service providers are coming across in relation to migrants and health?


Hiranthi Jayaweera is a Senior Researcher at COMPAS, working mainly on projects in the Welfare, and Urban Change and Settlement clusters. She has a particular research interest in migration and health, and the integration of migrants.

Hiranthi has a DPhil in Sociology and has researched, taught and written about issues related to social divisions, particularly gender and ethnic divisions in the UK.

Before working at COMPAS she was a researcher at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford. Her work focused on barriers to care for low income childbearing women, and included analysing data on ethnic minority families in the Millennium Cohort Study. 

Hiranthi's relevant key publications 

Jayaweera, H.  (2011), Health of migrants in the UK: What do we know?  Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.


Jayaweera, H.  & Quigley, M.  (2010), ‘Health status, health behaviour and healthcare use among migrants in the UK: evidence from mothers in the Millennium Cohort Study’ in Social Science & Medicine 71 (5): 1002-1010.


Jayaweera, H.  (2010), Health and access to health care of migrants in the UK, Better Health Briefing 19. London: Race Equality Foundation. (including April 2012 update)


Jayaweera, H. (2010), ‘Health for all ‘whatever their need or background’’ in openDemocracy, 9 November.


Jayaweera, H., D'souza, L., & Garcia, J. (2005) A local study of childbearing Bangladeshi women in the UK,  Midwifery 21(1):84-95, March.