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Internal migration 

Internal migration
Internal migration

Bharathram Sathur Raghuraman

, and Santosh Chaturvedi

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date: 18 May 2021

This chapter reviews existing literature on the statistics of internal migration spanning across all the continents of the world to better understand the gigantic nature of this constantly occurring phenomenon especially in low- and middle-income countries. The chapter also focuses on the impact of internal migration on health by reviewing literature on phenomenon such as the ‘healthy migrant’. The possible implications of internal migration on mental health are detailed, including possible hypotheses underpinning the development of mental health issues in migrants and the chapter briefly reviews the possible resilient protective factors in migrants. Various studies on the impact of internal migration on the prevalence of common and severe mental illnesses from across the world are discussed in the text. The chapter ends with a section reviewing the existing literature on the problems faced by internal migrants in terms of availability and accessibility to quality health care and the need for macro-level healthcare reforms especially in developing nations such as India.

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