Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

6-2017

Abstract

While migration health studies traditionally focused on socioeconomic determinants of health, an emerging body of literature is exploring migration status as a proximate cause of health outcomes. Study 1 is a path analysis of the predictors of mental health amongst 582 documented migrant workers in Singapore, and shows that threat of deportation is one of the most important proximate social determinants of predicted mental illness, and a mediator of the impact of workplace conflict on mental health. Study 2 is a qualitative study of the narratives of 149 migrant workers who were in workplace conflict with their employers, and demonstrates that workers believed threats were used as a negotiating strategy during workplace conflicts. Findings suggest that migration status places workers who come into workplace conflict with their employers at heightened risk of mental illness because migration status can be used as a tool by employers in workplace negotiations.

Keywords

Social determinants of health, Migration, Migrant health, Mental health, Deportation, Precarity, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Medicine and Health | Race and Ethnicity | Sociology

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

Volume

19

Issue

3

First Page

511

Last Page

522

ISSN

1557-1912

Identifier

10.1007/s10903-016-0532-x

Publisher

Springer

Embargo Period

11-1-2017

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-016-0532-x

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