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‘There You Enjoy Life, Here You Work’: Brazilian and Dominican Immigrants’ Views on Work and Health in the U.S.

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School of Social Work, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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Department of Environment and Public Health, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 02125, USA
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Anthropology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 02125, USA
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Brazilian Worker Center, Boston, MA 02134, USA
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Dominican Development Center, Boston, MA 02130, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 4025; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16204025
Received: 10 September 2019 / Revised: 13 October 2019 / Accepted: 15 October 2019 / Published: 21 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Achieving Environmental Health Equity: Great Expectations)
Structural inequalities in the U.S. work environment place most immigrants in low paying, high-risk jobs. Understanding how work experiences and influence the health of different immigrant populations is essential to address disparities. This article explores how Brazilian and Dominican immigrants feel about their experiences working in the U.S. and how the relationship between work and culture might impact their health. In partnership with the Dominican Development Center and the Brazilian Worker Center, we held five cultural conversations (CCs) with Brazilians (n = 48) and five with Dominicans (n = 40). CCs are participatory, unstructured groups facilitated by representatives from or embedded in the community. Brazilian immigrants focused on physical health and the American Dream while Dominicans immigrants emphasized concerns about the influence of work on mental health. Dominicans’ longer tenure in the U.S. and differences in how Brazilians and Dominicans are racialized in the region might account for the variation in perspectives between groups. Future studies should further investigate the relationship between health and how immigrants’ work lives are shaped by culture, race and immigrant status. View Full-Text
Keywords: Brazilian; Dominican; immigrants; work; health Brazilian; Dominican; immigrants; work; health
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Brinkerhoff, C.A.; Siqueira, C.E.; Negrón, R.; Tracy, N.; Troncoso Lama, M.; Sprague Martinez, L. ‘There You Enjoy Life, Here You Work’: Brazilian and Dominican Immigrants’ Views on Work and Health in the U.S.. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4025.

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