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Glossary: migration and health
  1. Marcelo L Urquia1,
  2. Anita J Gagnon2
  1. 1Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2McGill University/MUHC, Montreal, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marcelo Luis Urquia, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 1W8 Canada; marcelo.urquia{at}


The literature on migration and health is quite heterogeneous in how migrants are labelled and how the relation between migration and health is conceptualised. A narrative review has been carried out. This glossary presents the most commonly used terms in the field of migration and health, along with synonyms and related concepts, and discusses the suitability of their use in epidemiological studies. The terminology used in migrant health is ambiguous in many cases. Studies on migrant health should avoid layman terms and strive to use internationally defined concepts.

  • Migration
  • immigrant
  • health
  • glossary
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  • international health
  • migration & health

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  • Funding MLU was supported by a personal research grant (CIHR IOP-44972) of Dr John Frank, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.