Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Adult Migrant Mortality Advantage in Belgium: Evidence Using Census and Register Data


Author Info

  • Patrick Deboosere
  • Sylvie Gadeyne
Registered author(s):


    There have been consistent reports in several countries that some adult migrant populations tend to have lower mortality than the host population despite a lower socioeconomic status. The most frequently proposed hypotheses for this paradox are selection mechanisms, dietary intake variations and cultural or lifestyle factors. Belgium is well suited to explore these explanations thanks to the presence of large migrant communities and the existence of a national population register. The present analysis compares cause-specific mortality patterns for the largest migrant communities (Italian, Spanish, Moroccan and Turkish) with those of migrants from neighbouring countries with a similar lifestyle and dietary intake as the Belgian population. Cause-specific mortality is an important clue for explaining the diversity of health outcomes. The mortality patterns of migrant communities and the native Belgian population were analysed by decomposition techniques and multinomial logistic regressions. The study of cause-specific mortality by subpopulations is useful for identifying factors that make some populations healthier than others. The reasons for the paradox appear to be multifactorial, resulting from a combination of lifestyle, dietary intake variations and the health infrastructure of the host country.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL:
    Download Restriction: free

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: free

    Bibliographic Info

    Article provided by Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED) in its journal Population (english edition).

    Volume (Year): 60 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 655-698

    as in new window
    Handle: RePEc:cai:poeine:pope_505_0655

    Contact details of provider:
    Web page:

    Related research



    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as in new window

    Cited by:
    1. Ken Richardson & Santosh Jatrana & Martin Tobias & Tony Blakely, 2013. "Migration and Pacific Mortality: Estimating Migration Effects on Pacific Mortality Rates Using Bayesian Models," Demography, Springer, vol. 50(6), pages 2053-2073, December.
    2. Kesztenbaum, Lionel & Rosenthal, Jean-Laurent, 2011. "The health cost of living in a city: The case of France at the end of the 19th century," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 48(2), pages 207-225, April.
    3. Rasulo, Domenica & Spadea, Teresa & Onorati, Roberta & Costa, Giuseppe, 2012. "The impact of migration in all-cause mortality: The Turin Longitudinal Study, 1971–2005," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 74(6), pages 897-906.


    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


    Access and download statistics


    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cai:poeine:pope_505_0655. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Jean-Baptiste de Vathaire).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.