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Immigrant Populations

  • By: Raihan Jamil
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Immigrants are people who have left their home country and have moved to another one, for any number of reasons. Historically, health care delivery for immigrants raised important questions for migration across national boundaries. As more individuals, families, and groups migrate to new countries every year, migrant health concerns have taken a central role for policy makers across the globe. These migrations root from social, economic, and educational needs primarily in order to escape the harsh bindings of poverty in individuals' home countries (frequently in the global south).

Importance of Immigrant Health Concerns

A large focus of health care issues is on the social and economic aspects of health and illness among participating communities. This is especially true in cases of immigrant populations' health issues, as immigrants' ...

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