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Self-Perceived Health among Migrants Seen in Médecins du Monde Free Clinics in Europe: Impact of Length of Stay and Wealth of Country of Origin on Migrants’ Health

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Univ Rennes, EHESP, CNRS, ARENES–UMR 6051, 35000 Rennes, France
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French Collaborative Institute on Migration, 93322 Aubervilliers, France
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Médecins du Monde–Doctors of the World, International Network, 75018 Paris, France
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Department of Social Epidemiology, Sorbonne Université, INSERM, Institut Pierre Louis d’Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique (IPLESP), 75012 Paris, France
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 4878; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16244878
Received: 25 October 2019 / Revised: 29 November 2019 / Accepted: 30 November 2019 / Published: 4 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migrant Health Burden: Emerging Challenges and Future Solutions)
Health of migrants is a widely studied topic. It has been argued that migrant health may deteriorate over time. Though migrants are a “hard to reach” population in survey data, this paper builds on a unique dataset provided by Médecins du Monde from five countries. We study self-perceived health (SPH) in connection with socio-economic and demographic factors and length of stay. Results differ for men and women. Compared to other documented migrants, asylum seekers have a 50–70% greater chance of having worse health. Migrants with better living conditions have a 57–78% chance of being in better health. Male migrants with a job have between a 82–116% chance of being in good health. The probability for women from poorer countries to have a better physical SPH after three months of residing in the host country is six-fold that of women from richer countries. This paper contributes widely to the knowledge of health of migrants. Contrary to other evidence, health of women migrants from poorer countries tends to improve with length of stay. View Full-Text
Keywords: migrant health; length of stay; Médecins du Monde; self-perceived health; migration; Human Development Index migrant health; length of stay; Médecins du Monde; self-perceived health; migration; Human Development Index
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Combes, S. .-B.; Simonnot, N.; Azzedine, F.; Aznague, A.; Chauvin, P. Self-Perceived Health among Migrants Seen in Médecins du Monde Free Clinics in Europe: Impact of Length of Stay and Wealth of Country of Origin on Migrants’ Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4878.

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