The dynamics of health and return migration

Davies, A. A., Borland, R. M., Blake, C. and West, H. E. (2011) The dynamics of health and return migration. PLoS Medicine, 8(6), e1001046. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001046) (PMID:21738448) (PMCID:PMC3124523)

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Abstract

The increasing importance and complexity of migration globally also implies a global increase in return migration, and thus an increased interest in the health of returning migrants. The health of returning migrants is impacted by the cumulative exposure to social determinants and risk factors of health during the migration process, during the return movement, and following return. Circular migration often occurs among the diaspora, which can result in the transfer of knowledge and skills that contribute to development, including health system strengthening. Migrants with dual nationality often return to countries with better health services than their country of origin when they are sick and can not get care at home. To maintain and improve the health of returning migrants, multi-sectoral policies at global and national levels should facilitate access to appropriate and equitable health services, social services, and continuity of care across and within borders.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Health, return migration, public health, policy.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Blake, Ms Carolyn
Authors: Davies, A. A., Borland, R. M., Blake, C., and West, H. E.
Subjects:J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:PLoS Medicine
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN:1549-1277
ISSN (Online):1549-1676
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Davies et al.
First Published:First published in PLoS Medicine 8(6): e1001046
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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