Immigrant Populations

Hector G. Balcazar and Holly J. Mata

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:
Immigrant Populations

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The phenomenon of immigration is as old as humanity itself. Movement of people into and out of their habitats has been a necessity and a way of adapting to new environments. As boundaries and borders became increasingly recognized in the development of villages, regions, countries, and lifestyles, the concept of immigration became an established cultural, political, and economic reality worldwide. Movement of people is by no means a new phenomenon and has implications in diverse realms including legal, social, and economic arenas. The demography of immigration provided the impetus to view the immigrant in the context of an intricate and elaborate pattern of behaviors that had direct consequences for the well-being of that immigrant, as well as sociocultural implications for the new and former environments. This article examines the phenomenon of immigrant populations as a public health imperative. Taking a social justice approach, this article envisions the immigration experience as a complex set of positive and negative consequences for people as well as for the places and countries that are affected by their movement. Through reference works, textbooks, and journals and literature that address immigrant populations from public health and social justice perspectives, this article highlights the public health significance in the context of the complex array of challenges and opportunities experienced by immigrant populations individually, collectively, regionally, and globally.

Article.  9468 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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