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Mental Strain of Immigrants in the Working Context

Faculty of Health Department of Human Medicine, Chair of Occupational Medicine and Corporate Health Management, Witten/Herdecke University, Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 50, 58448 Witten, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2875; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162875
Received: 3 July 2019 / Revised: 7 August 2019 / Accepted: 9 August 2019 / Published: 12 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migration, Work and Health)
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Abstract

Inability to work due to reported mental strain and psychiatric disorders is rising in Germany these days. Meanwhile the country’s net migration is positive. While there is empirical evidence for a healthy migrant effect regarding the physical health in the beginning (mostly accompanied by a subsequent convergence effect), the mental health of migrants remains partly understudied. In order to evaluate the migrant’s share in the rise of reported mental strain in Germany, 4000 employees were surveyed by means of an online access panel. About 16 percent of them revealed a migration background. Their Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI) score is slightly yet significantly above the German autochthonous’ one both using bi- and multivariate analysis, indicating that there is a specific vulnerability rather than a healthy migrant effect regarding mental strain at work. View Full-Text
Keywords: public health; migrant health; epidemiology; occupational medicine; mental health; burnout public health; migrant health; epidemiology; occupational medicine; mental health; burnout
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