Health Impact Assessment (HIA)

The basic principles of migration health:
population mobility and gaps in disease prevalence

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Migrants, migrant workers and asylum seekers are an expanding global population of growing social, demographic and political importance. Disparities in health determinants often exist between a migrant population's place of origin and its destination. The effects of those disparities can be observed at the individual and population levels.
This paper reviews the epidemiological relationships resulting from health disparities bridged by migration and describes the growing role of migration and population mobility in global disease epidemiology. The implications for national and international health policy and programme planning are discussed.

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