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Hôtel de Ville de Paris - Place de l’Hôtel de Ville - 75004 Paris

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5, rue de Lobau 75004 PARIS - Métro : Hôtel de Ville, ligne 1 ou 11

France, like many countries in the European Union, is currently facing a large influx of migrants. Whether they are asylum seekers, refugees or in search of better economic conditions than in their home countries, a large share of these migrants are women and a very large proportion of them is in reproductive age. In 2010 in France, the proportion of births to foreign women was about 12% of all births, i.e. more than 95,000 births per year. This proportion varies between 2 and 40% across countries of the European Union, with a significant increase in recent years.

As shown by several scientific studies, migrant women are more likely than native women to have chronic medical conditions, often undiagnosed; thus adding an increased incidence of heart disease, HIV / AIDS infection, tuberculosis, diabetes, consequences of genital mutilations, etc.... to psychological and medical disorders due to the contexts that those women are fleeing or that their migration routes have caused. Scientific studies also show that, despite frequently greater medical needs, these women receive qualitatively and quantitatively less care than native women during their pregnancies in host countries. These factors are probably involved in pregnancy outcomes more frequently affected by complications, including higher maternal mortality and morbidity and an increased perinatal risk, as has been observed in various scientific studies.

These social inequalities in maternal and perinatal health affecting migrant women and their children have a significant social impact in that they jeopardize the principle of health equity, they affect two generations, thus perpetuating social inequalities, and that they represent important health expenses in the short and long term.

The scientific seminar to be held in Paris on June 9, 2017 aims to bring together the best international experts to exchange with policymakers and other medical and social players in the perinatal and early childhood field on issues related to maternal and perinatal health in migrant women.

We hope that this day will receive all your attention and thank you for booking as soon as possible

your registration, the number of places available being limited.

Looking forward to seeing you on this occasion,

For the Scientific Council and the Organizing Committee
Elie Azria (France), Catherine Deneux (France), Birgitta Essén (Sweden),

Rhonda Small (Australia), Jennifer Zeitlin (France)


Scientific committee:

Elie Azria (France),

Catherine Deneux (France), Birgitta Essén (Sweden),

Rhonda Small (Australia)

Jennifer Zeitlin (France)

A scientific seminar organized by Inserm and Paris Descartes University (UMR1153 EPOPé team) and the « Risk and Pregnancy » DHU, in partnership with the ROAM perinatal research collaboration (Reproductive Outcomes And Migration).

With the support of

- the City of Paris under the patronage of Mrs.   Dominique Versini, deputy to the Mayor of Paris,     responsible for solidarity, families, early childhood, child      protection, fight against exclusion, and the elderly

-   the Fond pour la santé des femmes (Women’s Health      Fund)

-    the Paris Descartes University.