Lausanne (Switzerland)

© Lausanne - Psy & Migrants

A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois has a unit named Psy & Migrants that specialises in health issues linked to migration, especially to those connected to mental health. The Unit was created in response to increased migration and health concerns related with it. Building on its practice, the Centre now draws together information from patients in order to conduct research on the issue of health and migration. In this way, the Unit can advise the city how to tackle more systematically health problems of migrants. In addition to medical services offered, the unit also provides a hotline and personal counselling.

The Unit consists of a multidisciplinary team of four doctors. The Centre offers clinical support in the form of supervision, consultation and specialised information, directed at other teams facing specific problems. The Unit also provides training on the influence of the sociocultural context of the patient's psychopathology. These trainings are given at the postgraduate level but also later, in the form of courses or field interventions, enhanced partnerships between different services and departments of the Centre and social structures and associations in the field of migration.

The activities of the Unit aim at the development of a monitoring of migrant populations and the conduction of research in the field of teaching cross-cultural clinical skills. In the framework of its programme on vulnerable populations (‘populations vulnérables’) research is conducted in order to better understand the interconnection between migration and health.

City Information
Lausanne has a population (as of December 2010) of 127,821, making it the fourth largest city of Switzerland. As of 2008, 39.1% of the population are resident foreign nationals. In 2000, there were 55,789 workers who commuted into the municipality and 19,082 workers who commuted away. The municipality is a net importer of workers, with about 2.9 workers entering the municipality for every one leaving.

Lausanne has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism since May 2005.

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