Occupational health outcomes among international migrant workers: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Hargreaves, Sally, Rustage, Kieran, Nellums, Laura B., McAlpine, Alys, Pocock, Nicola S., Devakumar, Delan, Aldridge, Robert W., Abubakar, Ibrahim, Kristensen, Kristina L., Himmels, Jan W., Friedland, Jon S. and Zimmerman, Cathy, (2019). Occupational health outcomes among international migrant workers: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Global Health, 7(7), 872-882

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    Author Hargreaves, Sally
    Rustage, Kieran
    Nellums, Laura B.
    McAlpine, Alys
    Pocock, Nicola S.
    Devakumar, Delan
    Aldridge, Robert W.
    Abubakar, Ibrahim
    Kristensen, Kristina L.
    Himmels, Jan W.
    Friedland, Jon S.
    Zimmerman, Cathy
    Title Occupational health outcomes among international migrant workers: a systematic review and meta-analysis
    Appearing in The Lancet Global Health
    Volume 7
    Issue No. 7
    Publication Date 2019-05-20
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Elsevier Ltd
    Start page 872
    End page 882
    Language eng
    Abstract Globally, there are more than 150 million international migrant workers—individuals employed outside their country of origin—comprising the largest international migrant group. A substantial number of migrants work in hazardous and exploitative environments, where they might be at considerable risk of injury and ill health. However, little data on occupational health outcomes of migrant workers exist, with which to inform global policy making and delivery of health services. For this systematic review and meta-analysis, we searched Embase, MEDLINE, Ovid Global Health, and PsychINFO databases for primary research published between Jan 1, 2008, and Jan 24, 2018, reporting occupational health outcomes among international migrant workers, without language or geographical restrictions. In this study, migrant workers originated from 25 low-income and middle-income countries, and worked in the following sectors: agriculture; domestic, retail, and service sectors; construction and trade; and manufacturing and processing. Migrant workers had various psychiatric and physical morbidities, and workplace accidents and injuries were relatively common. In the meta-analysis, among 7260 international migrant workers, the pooled prevalence of having at least one occupational morbidity was 47%. Among 3890 migrant workers, the prevalence of having at least one injury or accident was 22%. International migrant workers are at considerable risk of work-related ill health and injury, and their health needs are critically overlooked in research and policy. Governments, policy makers, and businesses must enforce and improve occupational health and safety measures, which should be accompanied by accessible, affordable, and appropriate health care and insurance coverage to meet the care needs of this important working population.
    UNBIS Thesaurus MIGRANTS
    Keyword Labor
    Copyright Holder Authors
    Copyright Year 2019
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30204-9
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