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Health Inequalities for Immigrants in Canada : Quebec versus the Rest of Canada


  • LEBIHAN, Laetitia
  • MAO TAKONGMO, Charles Olivier
  • McKELLIPS, Fanny


Little is known about immigrant health inequalities in Canada by province. To address this knowledge gap, we compare multiple health indicators among immigrants in Quebec, immigrants in the rest of Canada and Canadian-born individuals. The literature emphasizes that it is more difficult for immigrants in Quebec to integrate into the job market compared to immigrants in other Canadian provinces. There is an important link between the labour market situation of immigrants and their mental and physical health. Our results---obtained from data in the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS)---show that well-being and health indicators worsen significantly for immigrants in Quebec compared to their counterparts in the rest of Canada and Canadian-born individuals. This is particularly true for mental health and life satisfaction.

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  • LEBIHAN, Laetitia & MAO TAKONGMO, Charles Olivier & McKELLIPS, Fanny, 2017. "Health Inequalities for Immigrants in Canada : Quebec versus the Rest of Canada," MPRA Paper 79970, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2017.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:79970

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    1. MAO TAKONGMO, Charles Olivier, 2016. "Government spending, GDP and exchange rate in Zero Lower Bound: measuring causality at multiple horizons," MPRA Paper 79703, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Jun 2017.
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    6. Charles Olivier Mao Takongmo, 2017. "Government-spending multipliers and the zero lower bound in an open economy," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 25(5), pages 1046-1077, November.
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    immigrants; Canadian-born; well-being; health; Quebec.;

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    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General

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