Unveiling the Impact of Job Loss on the Health of Immigrants

Deterioration in the health of migrants after losing their job in Germany. The m
Deterioration in the health of migrants after losing their job in Germany. The men with a migration background surveyed rated their health even worse than men without a migration background. © Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

This recent study by Silvia Loi and colleagues examines how life events like job loss and divorce affect the health of immigrants using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel. They find that immigrants experience more rapid declines in health as they age. Moreover, they find that job loss has a stronger and more long-lasting impact on the health of immigrants, especially men.

Major life events have a strong impact on a person's health. Losing jobs and divorcing are extremely stressful life events that have long-lasting consequences on health and well-being. Some groups are better able to cope with such crises because they have a solid set of social and economic resources to help them overcome life's challenges. ...

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