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Introduction 

Introduction
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Introduction
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Dinesh Bhugra

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10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0001
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date: 18 May 2021

Migration is a universal and an age-old phenomenon. Human beings have migrated for millennia for a multitude of complex reasons. The three stages of migration—pre-migration, migration, and post-migration—are a crude division of the actual physical process of migration and often tend to overlap and are not always clearly divisible. Furthermore, it is entirely possible that each stage can have substages and different steps. Geopolitical determinants of migration also independently determine social determinants. Identity formation as an individual and as a migrant can play a major role in post-migratory adjustment. People migrate for short or long periods, and each person has specific issues that need to be taken into account while attempting to understand their healthcare needs. In this introduction, some indications for the chapters in this volume are presented.

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