Immigration, work and health in Spain: the influence of legal status and employment contract on reported health indicators

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Title: Immigration, work and health in Spain: the influence of legal status and employment contract on reported health indicators
Authors: Sousa, Emily | Agudelo Suárez, Andrés A. | García Benavides, Marc | Schenker, Marc | García García, Ana María | Benach de Rovira, Joan | Delclos Gómez-Morán, Carlos | López Jacob, María José | Ruiz Frutos, Carlos | Ronda-Pérez, Elena | Porthé, Victoria
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Emigration and immigration | Illegal migrants | Migrant workers | Employment | Contracts | Occupational health
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Date Created: 2010
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2010
Publisher: Springer
Citation: SOUSA, Emily, et al. “Immigration, work and health in Spain: the influence of legal status and employment contract on reported health indicators”. International Journal of Public Health. Published online: 17 April 2010. ISSN 1661-8556
Abstract: Objective To analyze the relationship of legal status and employment conditions with health indicators in foreign-born and Spanish-born workers in Spain. Methods Cross-sectional study of 1,849 foreign-born and 509 Spanish-born workers (2008–2009, ITSAL Project). Considered employment conditions: permanent, temporary and no contract (foreign-born and Spanish-born); considered legal statuses: documented and undocumented (foreign-born). Joint relationships with self-rated health (SRH) and mental health (MH) were analyzed via logistical regression. Results When compared with male permanently contracted Spanish-born workers, worse health is seen in undocumented foreign-born, time in Spain ≤3 years (SRH aOR 2.68, 95% CI 1.09–6.56; MH aOR 2.26, 95% CI 1.15–4.42); in Spanish-born, temporary contracts (SRH aOR 2.40, 95% CI 1.04–5.53); and in foreign-born, temporary contracts, time in Spain >3 years (MH: aOR 1.96, 95% CI 1.13–3.38). In females, highest self-rated health risks are in foreign-born, temporary contracts (aOR 2.36, 95% CI 1.13–4.91) and without contracts, time in Spain >3 years (aOR 4.63, 95% CI 1.95–10.97). Conclusions Contract type is a health determinant in both foreign-born and Spanish-born workers. This study offers an uncommon exploration of undocumented migration and raises methodological issues to consider in future research.
Sponsor: The study was funded partially by Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias [Spanish Fund for Health Research] grant numbers FIS PI050497, PI052334, PI061701.
ISSN: 1661-8556 (Print) | 1661-8564 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s00038-010-0141-8
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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