Migrant health across Europe: Little structural policies, many encouraging practices

Upon arrival, migrants are often younger than the host country average and generally healthier than native-born populations. This so-called ‘healthy immigrant effect’ however deteriorates with the time of residence. Once the age factor adjusted, studies find a disproportionate share of migrants among the population groups with low health outcomes. This is explained by the fact that people with a migrant background are disproportionately exposed to risk factors.

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