- Start date: 12 April 2021
- End date: 11 April 2022
- Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 894303
- Value: €112,466.88
- Primary investigator: Dr Pilar Serrano-Gallardo
- Co-investigators: Dr Ana Manzano, Prof. Adrian Favell, Dr Roxana Barbulescu
RETORNO study will develop an evidence-based, context-sensitive theory of how intra-EU returned migrants’ health could be improved using the case study of return migration between the UK and Spain post-Brexit referendum.
EU return migration health data is an excellent example of complexity: it is scarce and inevitably heterogeneous, and varies by country, population and setting. The success of interventions on social determinants of health for returned migrants is highly context-dependent, not only in individual countries, but also on the comparison of primary versus secondary care and for people with acute or severe conditions, long-term, compared to healthy migrants.
The main objectives of the RETORNO study are:
- To explore how Brexit affects health and social care services provision for returned migrants and the implications for different stakeholders.
- To classify interventions for Social Determinants of Health to understand for whom, under what circumstances, in what respects and why they may impact returned migrants’ health inequalities.
- To identify contextual factors and main mechanisms triggered by interventions and how these impact health outcomes, focusing on gender inequalities.
- To support the design of interventions by providing a unified theory constructed with stakeholders on how public policies on migrant welfare and health may impact citizens returning home after temporary residence in other EU member states.
A realist synthesis will be conducted, with a collaborative approach where knowledge users are consulted in the process and outcome of the review. We will carry out stakeholder workshops with participants from UK and Spain. These workshops will be nested along the study in order to map contextual differences, and helping to refine initial knowledge and consolidate study scope and objectives, to validate final findings, and to develop joint strategies for dissemination, including co-design a Handbook on Return Migration and Health.
Meet the team
Dr Pilar Serrano Gallardo, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Sociology & Social Policy (Principal Investigator)
Dr Ana Manzano, Associate Professor in Public Policy, School of Sociology & Social Policy (Supervisor)
Prof Adrian Favell, Chair in Sociology and Social Theory & Director, Bauman Institute, Deputy Director, Leeds Social Sciences Institute (Mentor)
Dr Roxana Barbulescu, Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy (Mentor)
November 2021, Date TBC: Health and return migration in the EU – Research Culture Seminar series in SSP
January 2022, Date TBC: Return migration, Brexit and Covid-19. A Realist Synthesis – Spotlight Realism Leeds Seminars
Other relevant resources
We welcome contributions, both within academia and with stakeholders, including citizens. It is our interest to open communication channels, not only to inform about the progress of our study, but also to receive opinions from all interested persons.
For more details on the RETORNO project, contact:
Dr. Pilar Serrano-Gallardo (PI)