Contemporary Nurse Contribute to our Special Issue

Special Issue: Contemporary Issues in Migrant and Refugee Health in Nursing

Contemporary Nurse

Contemporary Nurse will publish a special themed issue focusing all areas of research, theory, and policy dedicated to contemporary issues in migrant and refugee health in nursing. 

Nurses provide health care for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers (RAS) in a wide range of settings around the world either as part of regular health services or particularly designed for refugees. These services may include primary care settings, specialist services in refugee camps or the community or hospital-based services. 

For this special issue of Contemporary Nurse we invite original research articles and policy articles on any aspect of health care for migrants and particularly refugees, and asylum seekers in the context of nursing. Articles should focus on challenges and innovations in the care of refugees and asylum seekers provided by nurses or in the context of nursing care delivery. We welcome submissions from all parts of the world to allow global exchange of knowledge and would particularly encourage contributions from low and middle-income countries.

The United Nations (2017) estimate the total number of international migrants globally to be around 258 million in 2017. Around ten percent of those are refugees or asylum seekers (26 million in 2016) of which the majority reside in Turkey, Jordan, the state of Palestine, Lebanon and Pakistan. Sub-saharan countries like Tanzania, Ruanda and Djibouti also provide uncertain refuge for significant numbers of persons (UNHCR 2018). High-income countries, including Greece, Germany, Canada, the US or Italy, saw increased numbers of refugees within their borders in past years. (Connor & Krogstad 2016)

Refugees and migrants face a number of challenges when they need access to health care, on a systems level access to health care may be restricted, legal circumstances, lack of health literacy, resources can all be contributing factors to their precarious life circumstances. Cultural and language barriers may compound the problem. Health promotion and health education are often not available or severely limited. Chronic conditions, and infectious diseases may not receive the attention necessary to avert disease progression to larger communities. Uncertainty about the immigration status may also influence how individuals manage their health and can even lead to adverse outcomes, such as suicide attempts.

High priority conditions for refugees and asylum seekers commonly differ significantly from those of the host population. These include histories of abuse and domestic violence, anxiety and adjustment disorders, depression and PTSD, but also trauma, parasites and dental caries. If the individual has experienced torture, pain and disability may persist.

However, given the high diversity of refugee communities and the individual’s background, conditions such as hypertension or coronary heart disease may also be present. Health care needs and service delivery requirements for RAS may also differ between men and women, across age groups and within ethnic, social, or other minority groups.

Topics of submitted manuscripts may include but are not limited to:

  • Health promotion, health education and prevention
  • Acute care
  • Long-term care
  • Mental health
  • Disability
  • Social care
  • Access to healthcare
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Housing and health
  • Health literacy
  • Health screening
  • Advanced health assessments
  • Immunisation
  • Models of care
  • Communication with patients and providers
  • Cultural and language aspects of health care
  • Health care across the life span
  • Older refugees’ and migrant’s health
  • Intercultural clinical communication
  • Communicable disease

We welcome contributions by the 31st of August 2018 with the targeted publication of the themed issue for early 2019. 

About Contemporary Nurse

Contemporary Nurse is an international peer-reviewed journal designed to increase nursing skills, knowledge and communication, assist in professional development and to enhance educational standards by publishing stimulating, informative and useful articles on a range of issues influencing professional nursing research, teaching and practice. Our journal publishes original research articles, clinical practice and topic reviews relevant to nursing research and methodology as well as policy articles.

Submission Instructions

You should submit your article for review by August 31st 2018. Please prepare your submission according to our Instructions for Authors.

You may submit your manuscript online at

When you submit your article, you will be asked whether you are submitting for a special issue. Please use the drop-down menu to note that you are submitting your paper for the Special Issue: Contemporary Issues in Migrant and Refugee Health in Nursing. You should also note in the cover page of your manuscript that you are submitting for this special issue.


  1. Connor, Phillip; Krogstad, Jens Manuel (2016): Key facts about the world’s refugees. Pew Research Center. Online:[24.5.2018].
  2. UNHCR (2018): Africa. Online: [24.5.2018].
  3. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2017). International Migration Report 2017: Highlights.

Editorial information