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Jacob Spallek, Anna Reeske, Hajo Zeeb and Oliver Razum

In this chapter we discuss the ways in which the health situation of individuals with a migrant background differs from that of the autochthonous, non-migrated population. We focus on current explanatory models, using the healthy migrant effect and the model of migration as health transition as our examples. Furthermore, we present selected empirical evidence and describe further factors, notably socioeconomic status and gender, as well as methodological aspects that are important for a valid description, analysis and interpretation of the health of migrants. Importantly, we argue for a life course model of migrant health that incorporates these aspects, moving well beyond snapshot assessments of health status of migrants.