Migrant Workers and Their Occupational Health and Safety

Sally C. Moyce, Marc Schenker

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In 2015, approximately 244 million people were transnational migrants, approximately half of whom were workers, often engaged in jobs that are hazardous to their health. They work for less pay, for longer hours, and in worse conditions than do nonmigrants and are often subject to human rights violations, abuse, human trafficking, and violence. Worldwide, immigrant workers have higher rates of adverse occupational exposures and working conditions, which lead to poor health outcomes, workplace injuries, and occupational fatalities. Health disparities of immigrant workers are related to environmental and occupational exposures and are a result of language/ cultural barriers, access to health care, documentation status, and the political climate of the host country. Recommendations on global and local scales are offered as potential solutions to improving the health of immigrant workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-365
Number of pages15
JournalAnnual Review of Public Health
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • global migration
  • health disparities
  • immigrant labor
  • occupational health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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