Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic


  • Cristina Gavrilovici
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_486

There are far more international immigrants in the world today than ever previously recorded, and their number has increased rapidly in the last few decades. There were an estimated 214 million international immigrants in the world in 2010, representing an increase of almost 40 million in the first decade of the twenty-first century, and over double the number of international immigrants in 1980. Europe hosts the largest number of immigrants, followed by North America and Asia, which host nearly 25.3 million. Most of today’s immigrant workers come from Asia. Migration marriages remain an intriguing phenomenon in many parts of the world. Since 1974, family migration has become the most popular way of settling in Western Europe. Many immigrants from South Asia (i.e., India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) form today one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in Canada and USA.

A vast majority of immigrants enter the host country on the basis of family migration, more specifically,...

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Suggested Readings

  1. Ahmad, F., Driver, N., Mc Nally, M. J., & Stewart, D. E. (2009). Why doesn’t she seek help for partner abuse? An exploratory study with South Asian immigrant women. Social Science & Medicine, 69, 613–622.Google Scholar
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Suggested Resources

  1. Wood, R. G., Goesling, B., & Avellar, S., The effects of marriage on health: a synthesis of recent research evidence – report. Retrieved from http://njwedding.org/business/report_marriage_on_health.pdf

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Gavrilovici
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  1. 1.Department of Legal Medicine, Medical Deontology and BioethicsUniversity of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa”IasiRomania