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Migration and geographical inequalities in health in Britain

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  • Brimblecombe, Nic
  • Dorling, Danny
  • Shaw, Mary
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    This paper explores the role of migration in creating geographical inequalities in mortality at the district level in Britain for the British Household Panel Study sample -- a representative sample of 10264 British residents born after 1890 and enumerated in 1991. Analysis of the mortality rates of migrants showed that male migration accounts for nearly all the differences in mortality rates between districts. The BHPS was then utilised to look at the lifetime socio-economic characteristics of these migrants and to compare men and women. It was found that the health of both men and women moving from high mortality districts to low mortality districts could be explained by advantage over their lifetimes. The small proportion of men and women moving from low mortality districts to high mortality districts represent a very mixed group and their contribution, whilst small, is intriguing, as is the very different mortality rates of men and women in this group.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 50 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 6 (March)
    Pages: 861-878

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    Keywords: Health Migration BHPS Area effects Lifetime disadvantage Gender differences;

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    Cited by:
    1. Eva Kibele & Fanny Janssen, 2013. "Distortion of regional old-age mortality due to late-life migration in the Netherlands?," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 29(5), pages 105-132, July.
    2. Marc Luy & Graziella Caselli, 2008. "The impact of a migration-caused selection effect on regional mortality differences in Italy and Germany," MPIDR Working Papers WP-2008-027, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.
    3. Arline T. Geronimus & John Bound & Annie Ro, 2014. "Residential Mobility Across Local Areas In The United States And The Geographic Distribution Of The Healthy Population," Working Papers 14-14, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
    4. McCartney, Gerry & Collins, Chik & Mackenzie, Mhairi, 2013. "What (or who) causes health inequalities: Theories, evidence and implications?," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 113(3), pages 221-227.

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