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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(4), 370; doi:10.3390/ijerph14040370

Health of the Elderly Migration Population in China: Benefit from Individual and Local Socioeconomic Status?

School of Business, Dalian University of Technology, No. 2 Dagong Road, Panjin 124221, China
Academic Editors: Jimmy T. Efird and Pollie Bith-Melander
Received: 22 January 2017 / Revised: 12 March 2017 / Accepted: 30 March 2017 / Published: 1 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Refugee Health)
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Abstract

The study aims to estimate the relationship between the individual/local socioeconomic status and the health of internal elderly migrants in China. A multilevel logistic model was used to estimate this association. The estimations were undertaken for 11,111 migrants aged over 60 years, using nationally representative data: the 2015 Migrant Dynamics Monitoring Survey (MDMS), which was carried out in China. Odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals were reported. Both the household income per capita and the area-level average wage were positively associated with migrants’ self-reported health; however, public service supply was not significantly related to their health. In addition, given the household income, migrants living in communities with a higher average wage were more likely to report poor health. Migrants’ health benefited from individual socioeconomic status, but not from the local socioeconomic status, which the migrants cannot enjoy. This study highlights the importance of multilevel and non-discriminatory policies between migrants and local residents. View Full-Text
Keywords: elderly migrant; health; income; local socioeconomic status; public service provision; China elderly migrant; health; income; local socioeconomic status; public service provision; China
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Wang, Q. Health of the Elderly Migration Population in China: Benefit from Individual and Local Socioeconomic Status? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 370.

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