Impact of coronavirus epidemic on wellbeing among foreign born population (MigCOVID)

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MigCOVID is a survey aiming at examining the effect of the coronavirus epidemic and related restrictive measures on the daily life, health, quality of life and mood, as well as experiences of service use among foreign born persons.

This information will be used for evaluation of the societal effects of the coronavirus epidemic. Findings can also be used for developing services aiming at supporting the population’s health and wellbeing during and after the coronavirus epidemic.

According to the survey persons who migrated to Finland experienced poorer health and quality of life and greater mental strain than the general population during the Covid-19 epidemic. Concerns about the epidemic, increased loneliness, sleep difficulties, and reduced hope for the future were also more common among those who had migrated to Finland than among the general population.


The survey was conducted between October 2020 and February 2021 and coincided with the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic in Finland. Altogether 3 668 persons aged 20–66 years participated in the MigCOVID Survey with a participation rate of 60%.

The study was carried out as a population register-based survey of randomly selected persons who had participated in the FinMonik survey carried out in 2018–2019. Additional sample of Somali born participants were invited to take part in the survey.

Research findings and the multilingual abstracts can be found on the project publications tab.
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MigCOVID Survey is funded from the parliament’s additional budget allocated for COVID-19 research.

Contact information

Natalia Skogberg
Research Manager
tel. +358 29 524 7916
e-mail: [email protected]

Anu Castaneda
Research Manager
tel. +358 29 524 7848
e-mail: [email protected]