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Residential mobility among foreign-born persons living in Sweden is associated with lower mortality
School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö and Department of Health Sciences, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Lund University, Sweden.
School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö and Department of Health Sciences, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Lund University, Sweden.
Centre of Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Management and Economics, Växjö University, Sweden.
Department of Health Sciences, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Lund University, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Clinical Epidemiology, ISSN 1179-1349, Vol. 2010, no 2, 187-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There have been few longitudinal studies on the effect of within-country mobility on patterns of mortality in deceased foreign-born individuals. The results have varied; some studies have found that individuals who move around within the same country have better health status than those who do not change their place of residence. Other studies have shown that changing one's place of residence leads to more self-reported health problems and diseases. Our aim was to analyze the pattern of mortality in deceased foreign-born persons living in Sweden during the years 1970-1999 in relation to distance mobility. Data from Statistics Sweden and the National Board of Health and Welfare was used, and the study population consisted of 281,412 foreign-born persons aged 16 years and over who were registered as living in Sweden in 1970. Distance mobility did not have a negative effect on health. Total mortality was lower (OR 0.71; 95% CI 0.69-0.73) in foreign-born persons in Sweden who had changed their county of residence during the period 1970-1990. Higher death rates were observed, after adjustment for age, in three ICD diagnosis groups "Injury and poisoning", "External causes of injury and poisoning", and "Diseases of the digestive system" among persons who had changed county of residence.

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Macclesfield, UK: Dove Medical Press Ltd. , 2010. Vol. 2010, no 2, 187-194 p.
Keyword [en]
residential mobility, health, foreign-born, immigrant, Sweden, mortality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-101468DOI: 10.2147/CLEP.S11827PubMedID: 20865116OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-101468DiVA: diva2:666347
Available from: 2013-11-22 Created: 2013-11-22 Last updated: 2014-09-25Bibliographically approved

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