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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1248;

Leveraging the Domain of Work to Improve Migrant Health

Occupational Health Equity Program Coordinator, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Patriots Plaza 1, 395 E Street, SW, Suite 9200, Washington, DC 20201, USA
Global Migration Health Research and Epidemiology Coordinator, International Organization for Migration (IOM), The United Nations Migration Agency, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
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Academic Editors: Jimmy T. Efird and Pollie Bith-Melander
Received: 7 August 2017 / Revised: 1 September 2017 / Accepted: 14 September 2017 / Published: 19 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Refugee Health)
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Work is a principal driver of current international migration, a primary social determinant of health, and a fundamental point of articulation between migrants and their host society. Efforts by international organizations to promote migrant health have traditionally focused on infectious diseases and access to healthcare, while international labor organizations have largely focused on issues of occupational health. The underutilization of the domain of work in addressing the health of migrants is truly a missed opportunity for influencing worker well-being and reducing societal economic burden. Understanding of the relationships among migration, work, and health would facilitate further integration of migrant health concerns into the policy agenda of governments and international agencies that work at the nexus of labor, health and development. The domain of work offers an opportunity to capitalize on the existing health and development infrastructure and leverage technical resources, programs and research to promote migrant health. It also provides the opportunity to advance migrant health through new and innovative approaches and partnerships. View Full-Text
Keywords: migrant health; occupational health; social determinants of health; sustainable development; corporate sustainability migrant health; occupational health; social determinants of health; sustainable development; corporate sustainability
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Flynn, M.A.; Wickramage, K. Leveraging the Domain of Work to Improve Migrant Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1248.

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