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Immigration and Child Health 

Immigration and Child Health
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Immigration and Child Health
Author(s):

Mienah Zulfacar Sharif

and Katherine A. Henry

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199309375.003.0007
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date: 22 February 2020

A thorough understanding of children’s health in the United States is incomplete without considering the unique experiences of immigrant children and/or children of immigrant parents, given the effects that immigration has on development, health, and well-being. Immigration has resulted in tremendous racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in the United States, earning the nation’s nickname, “land of immigrants.” The provision of resources and services to immigrants and their children is a topic of ongoing contentious and divisive debate that finds itself at the forefront of each political campaign. The stigmatization of immigrant groups stems in large part from current belief that immigrants overburden the system and take resources away from “deserving” families. Research shows that immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the economy each year and use fewer healthcare-related resources than non-immigrant, US-born citizens.

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