TITLE

Factors that Influence Immigrants' Health

AUTHOR(S)
Bucaj, Alkida; Panagiotia, Sourtzi; Athina, Kalokairinou; Emmanouil, Velonakis
PUB. DATE
January 2012
SOURCE
Nursing Care & Research / Nosileia kai Ereuna;lav-att2012, Vol. 6 Issue 32, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Introduction: In the past few years many countries around the world, specifically in Europe, face a continuous influx of immigrants. Greece does not constitute exception of this phenomenon. The immigration requires adaptation and adoption of behaviors and elements from each individual in the new environment. The factors that influence this adaptation determine immediately the immigrants' health. Purpose: Investigation into the factors that influence the immigrants' health. Methodology: This article is a systematic review. Electronic Libraries and Databases of Pubmed, Scopus, Google Scholar constituted the source of information and for statistic data European Statistics Services Eurostat was used. Results: Immigrants are more prone to mental health problems. It has been observed that factors like: the duration of residence in the new country, the level of education, the proficiency of the language and the exposure to the foods of the host country lead to changes to their dietary habits. Finally, the results of studies concerning health behaviours such as physical activity, smoking and alcohol are contradictory. Conclusion: The change of the environment of immigrants is linked with important changes in their health including their health behaviours, such as attitudes and their smoking and dietary habits.
ACCESSION #
80026593

 

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