About this Research Topic
regular/irregular/seeking asylum/refugee), can present as a susceptible population for the public health system. For example, in relation to environmental health, the risk for lead poisoning among African refugee children who resettle in the United States remains elevated compared to resident children. Resettlement can be a contentious issue for some communities who struggle with the capacity to provide essential services to their existing residents never mind newcomers. Examples of challenges include inadequate translation services; unsafe housing; insufficient public transportation; and a lack of employment opportunities. Yet, newcomers provide every community with a richness of labor, culture, language, and history that contributes to the "melting pot" spirit of communities. Therefore, current social, political, and healthcare structures must be reviewed to address the challenges of migration and displacements.
The overarching aim of this Research Topic is to advance the understanding of the complex interaction between migration and health by utilizing a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches to explore these intersectoral relationships. This Research Topic will also examine how public health issues are managed in a community that excels or
struggles with resettling refugees and migrants. The topic is broad in scope to encourage the discussion of not only the diverse challenges posed by this vulnerable population but also the ability of the community's public health and healthcare infrastructure to effectively manage (or not) these issues. We expect that this Research Topic will generate information to support advocacy and/or guide the allocation of resources and development of policies that will enable communities to build the capacity to address public health issues
impacting resettled refugees and migrants across the globe. This Research Topic will also examine the role of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, nationality, disability, and the cumulative nature of the social determinants of health to demonstrate that migrants are a heterogeneous group. Policymakers and researchers need to understand this plurality.
Immigration is generally followed by behavioral, lifestyle, and environmental changes that can significantly increase the risk of disease in the early generations of immigrants. Understanding these changes and exploring their structural determinants is a pivotal step towards a better appreciation of immigrant health and the design of culturally sensitive interventions.
This Research Topic aims to advance the understanding of the complex interaction between migration and health to identify the major public health issues encountered by refugees and migrants and how communities effectively manage those issues.
The Research Topic promotes the expansion of the migration-health research agenda to factors impacting immigrants and refugees (e.g., dietary acculturation, access and provision of health care, legal status, lifestyle, socioeconomic and political factors). The Topic Editors encourage the submission of the following types of articles:
· Systematic, scoping, and narrative reviews;
· Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies;
· Interventions and health economic evaluations;
· Case studies.
Keywords: acculturation, communities, diet, chronic diseases, health inequalities, migrant health, lifestyle, resettlement, refugees, mental health, infectious diseases, cultural competency, healthcare access
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