State of the Nordic Region 2018: Immigration and Integration Edition

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State of the Nordic Region 2018 Migration and Integration presents a series of facts and figures showing the current state of integration within core socioeconomic sectors, including demography, the labour force, health, and foreign background in state funded culture in the Nordic Region. The report is produced by Nordregio, an international research center for regional development and planning established by the Nordic Council of Ministers, on behalf of Nordic Welfare Centre and the programme Nordic co-operation on integration of refugees and migrants, along with Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis. The report is partly based on State of the Nordic Region 2018, which is a unique compilation of statistics and maps, giving a detailed view of the Nordic countries at both national and regional level.



Health and wellbeing in the immigrant Population

As demonstrated in Theme 1 of this report, immigrants to the Nordic Region are a heterogenous group. Thus, their situation with respect to physical and mental health is also characterised by a high degree of heterogeneity. Background factors such as reason for immigrating, when they immigrated, country of origin, from what political and humanitarian situation did they come, as well as genetics, environment, and asylum regulations of the receiving country, all interplay. It is beyond the scope of this chapter to provide an overview of health status of all migrant groups in the Nordic countries. Instead, this chapter aims to highlight some of the physical and mental health issues that are prevalent, with a particular focus on the immigrant population arriving from non-western countries. It begins with a brief overview of the policy context before presenting data and analysis related to mortality rates, mental health and socio-economic factors.


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