The impact and implications of undocumented immigration on individual and collective health intheUnited States

De Anne K. Hilfinger Messias, Marylyn Morris McEwen, Lauren Clark

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Abstract

A nation of immigrants, the United States currently has more foreign-born residents than any other country; approximately 28% of these foreign-born residents are undocumented immigrants-individuals who either entered or are currently residing in the country without valid immigration or residency documents. The complex and constantly changing social, political, and economic context of undocumented migration has profound effects on individuals, families, and communities. The lack of demographic and epidemiologic data on undocumented immigrants is a major public health challenge. In this article, we identify multiple dimensions of vulnerability among undocumented persons; examine how undocumentedness impacts health and health care access and utilization; and consider the professional, practice, and policy issues and implications for nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-94
Number of pages9
JournalNursing Outlook
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Immigrant health
  • Immigration
  • Immigration policy
  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Undocumentedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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