Research Topic

Population Movements and Health: Africa, East Asia and Latin America

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Population health is affected/determined by a myriad of factors such as educational level, socioeconomic conditions, environmental impacts, individual behavior, and access to health care among others. Mobility plays a big role in health outcomes at both the individual and aggregated level, since its nature (voluntary or involuntary, permanent or temporary, rural-urban among others) may be associated with distinct health results at both levels.

First, climate change interacts with the political context in several countries and creates important underlying conditions determining mobility and health outcomes. For example, refugee populations and their high morbimortality patterns are usually the result of a combination of environmental, political and socioeconomic factors in origin, i.e. legal entry restrictions and employment opportunities in the destination country. Second, global health crises’ such as the Covid-19 pandemic also pose important impacts - not only on health but also on mobility.

This Research Topic aims to shed light on the intersection of population mobility- on the individual health and community level health conditions and their outcomes. We are also interested in analyses that aim to understand how such movements might impact access to health care of the population in the destination area. We welcome papers critically evaluating current perspectives on population movement and health, unexpected events as well as its implications within the Asian, African and Latin American contexts. We welcome studies from various disciplines such as demography, geography, public health, economics, sociology, environmental studies, and related areas. The contributions can be based on empirical and theoretical studies as well as implementation and evaluation of programs and events that aim at mitigating this phenomenon.

We welcome contributions which relate, but are not be limited to, the following themes:

• Climate change, population mobility and health impacts;
• Covid-19 pandemic, population mobility and health consequences;
• Refugees health outcomes (including access to healthcare) and forced migration;
• Vulnerable populations, settlements, and health;
• Urban populations and health (urbanization process, role of slums and vulnerable living conditions);
• Adult, maternal and child health; and
• Migration/ mobility policies and health.


Keywords: Education, Movement, Health, Population, Climate Change, COVID19, Mobility, Refugees, Urbanization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Population health is affected/determined by a myriad of factors such as educational level, socioeconomic conditions, environmental impacts, individual behavior, and access to health care among others. Mobility plays a big role in health outcomes at both the individual and aggregated level, since its nature (voluntary or involuntary, permanent or temporary, rural-urban among others) may be associated with distinct health results at both levels.

First, climate change interacts with the political context in several countries and creates important underlying conditions determining mobility and health outcomes. For example, refugee populations and their high morbimortality patterns are usually the result of a combination of environmental, political and socioeconomic factors in origin, i.e. legal entry restrictions and employment opportunities in the destination country. Second, global health crises’ such as the Covid-19 pandemic also pose important impacts - not only on health but also on mobility.

This Research Topic aims to shed light on the intersection of population mobility- on the individual health and community level health conditions and their outcomes. We are also interested in analyses that aim to understand how such movements might impact access to health care of the population in the destination area. We welcome papers critically evaluating current perspectives on population movement and health, unexpected events as well as its implications within the Asian, African and Latin American contexts. We welcome studies from various disciplines such as demography, geography, public health, economics, sociology, environmental studies, and related areas. The contributions can be based on empirical and theoretical studies as well as implementation and evaluation of programs and events that aim at mitigating this phenomenon.

We welcome contributions which relate, but are not be limited to, the following themes:

• Climate change, population mobility and health impacts;
• Covid-19 pandemic, population mobility and health consequences;
• Refugees health outcomes (including access to healthcare) and forced migration;
• Vulnerable populations, settlements, and health;
• Urban populations and health (urbanization process, role of slums and vulnerable living conditions);
• Adult, maternal and child health; and
• Migration/ mobility policies and health.


Keywords: Education, Movement, Health, Population, Climate Change, COVID19, Mobility, Refugees, Urbanization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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28 January 2021 Abstract
27 May 2021 Manuscript

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28 January 2021 Abstract
27 May 2021 Manuscript

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