Migrants tend to be healthier, live longer: study

FILE PHOTO: Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, line up in a temporary shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, December 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

(Reuters) – Migrants tend to be healthier than the residents of wealthy countries they travel to, such as the United States, and often help fight diseases by becoming healthcare workers in those nations, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Populist arguments that migrants pose a health risk and a burden to health systems are myths used to drive anti-immigrant sentiment, the report published by University College London and the Lancet medical journal concluded. bit.ly/2ASQyqF

The two-year study found that migrants, in general, have a greater life expectancy than residents of host countries and were less likely to die of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.

Source: Reuters

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