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Title: Health status of temporary migrants in urban areas in Vietnam
Authors: Nguyen, L.T. 
White, M.J.
Issue Date: Oct-2007
Citation: Nguyen, L.T., White, M.J. (2007-10). Health status of temporary migrants in urban areas in Vietnam. International Migration 45 (4) : 101-134. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The rapid economic growth after economic reform, known in Viet Nam as " Doi Moi ", and the growing scope of urban migration raise specific questions for social policy, including migration and health policies. This paper compares issues of health status and its determinants as they affect temporary urban migrants versus permanent urban migrants and non-migrants. The analyses utilize multivariate logistic regression and data from the 1997 Vietnam Migration and Health Survey. The results show that temporary migrants staying in guest houses are most vulnerable to health problems. Though most of them are initially healthier, their reported health deteriorates faster than other groups of urban residents. The findings also present important implications for the current migration and health policies in Vietnam: 1) A special attention should be given to temporary migrants in guest houses; 2) Different priorities in health policy should be applied to different groups of migrants and non-migrants; 3) The current population management policy by registration system needs to be reviewed; 4) Providing clean water is one of the most important ways to improve health of temporary migrants; 5) Targeting educational investments and reducing unemployment would likely to improve overall health; 6) A higher priority on health policies targeting women would likely pay dividends, and; 7) Improving management and collaboration between government offices and interested partners is important to improving health status and reducing inequity. © 2007 IOM.
Source Title: International Migration
ISSN: 00207985
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2007.00421.x
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