Migration and Health in Megacities: A Chinese Example from Guangzhou, China

  • Heiko J. Jahn
  • Li Ling
  • Lu Han
  • Yinghua Xia
  • Alexander Krämer
Part of the Contributions to Statistics book series (CONTRIB.STAT.)


Migration has influence on health in various aspects. It affects public health in home and host countries and can cause severe health consequences for the migrants. Within this paper, general migration patterns and processes will be introduced and the various associations to health will be discussed. We describe the situation of internal migration in China and emphasise the importance of the Chinese household registration (hukou) system. Using the example of first results of a public health field study, we describe different urban life-world dimensions and their influences on health of working migrants in the megacity of Guangzhou, South China.


Host Country Internal Migration Migrant Worker Pearl River Delta Migration Background 
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We thank the German Research Foundation (DFG) for funding this research conducted in the framework of the subproject “Satellite-based aerosol mapping over megacities: Development of methodology and application in health and climate related studies” under DFG Priority Programme 1233.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heiko J. Jahn
    • 1
  • Li Ling
    • 2
  • Lu Han
    • 3
  • Yinghua Xia
    • 2
  • Alexander Krämer
    • 1
  1. 1.(Europ.) MSc Public Health Department of Public Health Medicine School of Public HealthBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Department of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, School of Public HealthSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of Social Medicine and Health Management, School of Public HealthSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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