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Migration and mobilities

Section Editor: Denise Spitzer, University of Ottawa, Canada
Deputy Section Editor: Valorie Crooks, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Migration, the movement of people across political jurisdictions, has long been an axiomatic element of globalization, both old and new. The increased flows of refugees and internally displaced populations today, however, rank amongst the most critical political issues facing nations and international governing institutions. With population densities and resource demands increasing, and with larger numbers of the ‘Global South’ seeking access to the ‘Global North’, xenophobic sentiments are stirred, with increases in gendered, ethnic and religious discrimination. Governmental, intergovernmental and international humanitarian efforts struggle to find ways to intervene to protect the health of affected populations. At the same time as borders are increasingly closed to some migrants and refugees, they are increasingly open to ‘economic’ migrants and highly skilled individuals, including health workers. The flows of such individuals from poorer to richer countries has been argued as exacerbating global health inequities (although not all agree that it does), even as patients with the financial means are able to cross borders to seek medical care, posing both risks and benefits to both home and destination countries. Papers submitted under this topic will focus on all forms of international mobilities, and the role played by globalization processes in their dynamics, and in how they increase or reduce inequities in global health.

  1. Content type: Review

    This paper aims to explore the burgeoning burden of cardiovascular and metabolic disease (CMD) risk factors among South Asian labor migrants to the Middle East. We conducted a qualitative synthesis of literatu...

    Authors: Shiva Raj Mishra, Saruna Ghimire, Chandni Joshi, Bishal Gyawali, Archana Shrestha, Dinesh Neupane, Sudesh Raj Sharma, Yashashwi Pokharel and Salim S. Virani

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:33

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  2. Content type: Research

    China, which used to be an export country for migrants, has become a new destination for international migrants due to its rapid economic growth. However, little empirical data is available on the health statu...

    Authors: Remina Maimaitijiang, Qiangsheng He, Yanan Wu, Jennifer Z. H. Bouey, Ahoua Koné, Yucheng Liang, Chun Hao, Jiong Tu, Jing Gu and Yuantao Hao

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:9

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  3. Content type: Research

    Population movements have been increasing over the past years in Europe due to socioeconomic factors, global turbulence and conflicts, especially in the area of Middle East. The presence of migrant populations...

    Authors: Kyriakos Souliotis, Maria Saridi, Konstantina Banou, Christina Golna, Dimitrios Paraskevis, Angelos Hatzakis and Alyna Smith

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:4

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  4. Content type: Research

    Migration of physicians has become a global phenomenon with significant implications for the healthcare delivery systems worldwide. The motivations and factors driving physician’s migration are complex and con...

    Authors: Marwa Schumann, Asja Maaz and Harm Peters

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:2

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  5. Content type: Research

    With the significant growth of migration and expatriation, facilitated by increased global mobility, the number of Koreans living abroad as of 2016 is approximately 7.4 million (15% of the Korean population). ...

    Authors: Ho Young Kim, Ju Young Kim, Hwa Yeon Park, Ji Hye Jun, Hye Yeon Koo, In Young Cho, Jinah Han, Yuliya Pak, Hyun Jung Baek, Ju Yeon Lee, Sung Hee Chang, Jung Hun Lee, Ji Soo Choe, Sun-kyung Yang, Kyung Chul Kim, Jeong Ha Park…

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2018 14:120

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  6. Content type: Methodology

    The Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) identifies the maldistribution of power, money, and resources as main drivers of health inequities. The CSDH further observes that tackling these drivers ...

    Authors: Akhenaten Benjamin Siankam Tankwanchi

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2018 14:81

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