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Health of Immigrants in European countries

  • Aïda Solé-Auró

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Eileen M.Crimmins

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    (Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California.)

The health of older immigrants can have important consequences for needed social support and demands placed on health systems. This paper examines health differences between immigrants and the nativeborn populations aged 50 years and older in 11 European countries. We examine differences in functional ability, disability, disease presence and behavioral risk factors, for immigrants and non-immigrants using data from the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) database. Among the 11 European countries, migrants generally have worse health than the native population. In these countries, there is a little evidence of the “healthy migrant” at ages 50 years and over. In general, it appears that growing numbers of immigrants may portend more health problems in the population in subsequent years.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 200809.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2008
Date of revision: Jun 2008
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:200809
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