October 16, 2021

Hüseyin Babal

Health Article

Immigrants are healthier than ‘natives’ of their countries of residence

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Immigrants are healthier than the natives of the rich countries they go to, and they fight diseases as health workers in these countries.

According to the results of a study published last week, immigrants are healthier than the natives of the rich countries they go to, and they struggle with diseases as health workers in these countries. After this study, the researchers concluded that the populist rhetoric that ‘immigrants pose a health risk and burden the health system’ is not true.

The two-year study found that immigrants generally have a longer life expectancy than locals and are less likely to die from diseases such as cancer or heart disease. However, pointing out that immigrants are more likely to get diseases such as hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis, the researchers concluded that these diseases still remain among immigrant communities and do not spread to local people.

“Immigrants contribute to health and economy”

Ibrahim Abubakar, Chair of the Lancet Immigration and Health Commission at the University of London College, who conducted the study, said: “Our analysis showed that immigrants are healthier, make a positive contribution to the economy of their home country, and in wealthy countries such as the United States or England, immigrants make up a significant proportion of health workers.” says.

Examining 96 studies and a mortality rate of 5,464 for more than 15 million immigrants, the researchers also found some inconsistencies. For example, immigrants from East Asia and Latin America in six European countries had a lower risk of death, while immigrants from North Africa and Eastern Europe had a higher risk of death.

“Immigrants are used to divide society”

Lancet Editor Richard Horton said, “In too many countries, the issue of immigration is used to divide society and propagate a populist policy. Immigrants generally contribute more than they are a burden to the economy.” says.

The results were generally based on studies on migrant health in rich countries, as there were not many studies on low-income and middle-income countries. As a result, the study may not reveal much about the situation of immigrants in non-rich countries. The researchers underlined that the countries with the highest number of immigrants are not rich countries.

Source: World Economic Forum

According to the results of a study published last week, immigrants are healthier than the natives of the rich countries they go to, and they struggle with diseases as health workers in these countries. After this study, the researchers concluded that the populist rhetoric that ‘immigrants pose a health risk and burden the health system’ is not true. The two-year study found that immigrants generally have a longer life expectancy than locals and are less likely to die from diseases such as cancer or heart disease.

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