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Recasting the Immigrant Health Paradox Through Intersections of Legal Status and Race (Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2015 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2015); 2016 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2016); Immigrant; Hispanic/Latino

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CHIS Journal Article

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Summary: Immigrant health research has often noted an "immigrant health paradox", the observation that immigrants are "healthier" compared to their native-born peers of similar demographic and socioeconomic profile. This paradox disappears as immigrants stay longer in the host country. Multiple arguments, including migrant selectivity and cultural and behavioral factors have been proposed as reasons for the apparent paradox. Recently, the field has focused on immigrant legal status, especially its racialization. Authors review the literature on the immigrant health paradox, legal status, and racialized legal status to examine how this debate has taken a more structural approach.

Findings: Authors find that immigrant health research has taken a needed intersectional approach, a productive development that examines how different markers of disadvantage work concurrently to shape immigrants' health. This approach, which factors in immigration enforcement practices, aligns with explanations for poor health outcomes among other racialized groups, and promises a fruitful avenue for future research.

This study uses 20152016 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data. 


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California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

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