Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2017

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 | Mental and Social Health | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

First Page

1

Last Page

12

ISSN

1557-1912

Identifier

10.1007/s10903-016-0532-x

Publisher

Springer Verlag (Germany)

Additional URL

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10903-016-0532-x

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