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Special Issue "Migration, Work and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.
Prof. Stefano Porru Website E-Mail
Department of Diagnostics and Public Health, Section of Occupational Health, University of Verona, Italy
Unit of Occupational Medicine, University Hospital Borgo Roma, Verona, Italy
Interests: occupational cancer; occupational injuries; immigration and work; etiological diagnosis of work-related diseases; biohazards in workplaces; workers' health surveillance and fitness for work
In recent years, the increasing global number of migrant workers (about 150 million, according to the available estimates) has posed a significant challenge from political, economic, social, health and safety viewpoints. It is well known that the relationships between migration, work and health is complex. In fact, the trend by which migrant workers are involved in the so-called “3D jobs” (dangerous, dirty and demanding/degrading) is still ongoing and, therefore, they are often exposed to poor working conditions, as well as to irregular work and flexible shifts; this, in turn, may endanger their health and safety and might contribute to the development of chronic disorders. Moreover, migrant workers tend to have reduced access to the health care system in general and to occupational health services in particular, mainly for social, administrative, logistic and cultural reasons. Thus, specific attention in order to tackle and reduce these disparities and programmes aimed at promoting migrant health, can help ensure the success of the global economy and its healthy workforce.
As already pointed out in previous literature, the area of health and safety at work in migrants is still understudied and deserves better focus. Firstly, occupational injuries and work-related disorders among migrants are underestimated because they are underdiagnosed and underreported. Secondly, better surveillance data as well as field studies in risky sectors are needed to improve the description and the understanding of the mechanisms by which migrant workers are in worse health and safety conditions and to provide direction to effective interventions. Finally, there is a need for the implementation of migrant focused risk assessment, risk management, health surveillance and fitness for work in workplaces, in order to both improve the quality of migrant workers’ working life and to promote their health, within the framework of the corporate social responsibility.
This Special Issue aims to provide an updated, multidisciplinary and evidence-based state-of-the-art on the occupational health and safety of migrant workers worldwide, covering the all range of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, hopefully to set milestones for occupational health in this field. We would like to offer to researchers and experts the opportunity to publish their original work, especially in the fields of occupational health, public health, epidemiology, social sciences, health economics, and international labour law. Particularly welcomed are data from field studies, effectiveness intervention studies and reviews related to this research area.
Prof. Stefano Porru
Manuscript Submission Information
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- migrant workers
- occupational safety and health
- occupational injuries
- occupational diseases
- employment relations
- working conditions
- healthcare disparities
- chronic diseases
- public health research
- public health interventions
- workplace health promotion
- evaluation of effectiveness