Healthy Immigrant Effect

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Review of the literature reveals that use of the term "healthy immigrant effect" is quite vague. On the one hand, some studies refer to immigrants as a homogeneous population group, arguing that on average immigrants are in relatively better health on arrival than the native population. On the other hand, empirical evidence has documented this advantage only for certain racial and ethnic subgroups of immigrants (e.g., Johnson & Hayes, 2004; Singh & Miller, 2004; Huh, Prause, & Dooley, 2008). For example, findings concerning the initial health advantage of immigrants comparatively to their native born counterparts (of the same ethnic origin) are less consistent for Asian than for Hispanics (e.g., Huh et al., 2008). Some studies have reported
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