Journal of Public Health

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 687–693 | Cite as

Bangladeshi immigrants in Detroit: an exploration of residential mobility and its effects on health

  • Roshanak MehdipanahEmail author
  • Munmun Khan
  • Elizabeth J. King
Original Article



The purpose of this study was to identify key research priorities related to the health effects of the settlement process for Bangladeshi communities in the USA, specifically in Detroit.

Subject and method

A scoping study, incorporating a literature review and interviews with key Bangladeshi community stakeholders, was completed. Content analysis was used to identify emerging research gaps in Bangladeshi community health to immigration, settlement, and residential mobility.


Two major themes identified from the literature review and key informant interviews: settlement effects on health and language and culturally appropriate care. Additional issues emerged from the interviews with stakeholders, namely resettlement effects on health and physical environment and health.


These key areas will help guide future research to better understand US Bangladeshi community health outcomes, in addition to the importance of community-based understanding and approaches to address immigrant health issues.


Bangladeshi community Detroit Ethnic enclave Settlement Immigration Health 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the University of Michigan Institutional Review Board and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or a comparable ethical standard.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roshanak Mehdipanah
    • 1
    Email author
  • Munmun Khan
    • 1
  • Elizabeth J. King
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health Behavior and Health EducationUniversity of Michigan School of Public HealthAnn ArborUSA

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