Migration and health in China : Linking sending and host societies

Wang, Senhu and Hu, Yang (2019) Migration and health in China : Linking sending and host societies. Population, Space and Place, 25 (6): e2231. ISSN 1544-8444

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China's large-scale internal migration has stimulated ongoing debates about consequences of geographical mobility for population health. Although existing research predominantly focused on migrants' health in host societies, the complex relationship between migration and health throughout the full migratory cycle remains understudied. Analysing data from 2010 China General Social Survey (N = 1,660), we investigate variations in migrants' physical and mental health across four distinct migratory stages—intended, temporary, permanent, and return migration. Supporting the “healthy migrant” and “salmon” hypotheses, we found that intended migrants have better health than rural residents with no migration intention, and migrants have better health than return migrants. The health disparity between nonmigrants and migrants is largely explained by selective demographic and socio-economic traits, but not health behaviours. Rural-to-urban migration is associated with adverse health outcomes, particularly among permanent migrants. The findings suggest potential health risks associated with rural-to-urban migration and migrant assimilation in urban China.

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Population, Space and Place
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wang, S, Hu, Y. Migration and health in China: Linking sending and host societies. Popul Space Place. 2019;e2231. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2231 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/psp.2231 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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?? chinahealthhealth behaviourhukoumigrationsocio-economic statusdemographygeography, planning and development ??
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