Migration, Health and Survival
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Migration, Health and Survival

International Perspectives

Edited by Frank Trovato

Publications in this field have, in general, been based predominantly on the experiences of individual national settings. Migration, Health and Survival offers a comparative approach, bringing together leading international scholars to provide original works from the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, England and Wales, Norway, Belgium and Italy.
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Chapter 15: Reflections toward an organizing framework for the study of immigrant mortality

Frank Trovato


A number of explanations have been advanced in the migrant studies literature concerning health and mortality variations among migrant populations in western countries. Notwithstanding the explosive growth of the literature, an overarching theory currently does not seem possible. Therefore, it may be fruitful in the meantime to rely on the use of organizing frameworks suitable to a particular study setting to guide empirical investigations. A heuristic framework is proposed. The framework builds on the existing literature and can accommodate varied types of analyses.

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