Migration & Health

Despite the fact that migrants tend to be healthier than is normal for both the countries that they leave and the countries to which they move, immigration is associated the world over with illness and health insecurity. Whether this is due to racist and xenophobic cultural discourses that blame foreigners for disease, or whether it is due to how anti-immigration politics and practices expose migrants to extra risks while reducing access to health services, the outcomes for migrant communities are often severe.

UCSC faculty are researching the associated health vulnerabilities and their complex intersectional causes both locally in California as well as globally. At the same time, we are also studying the diverse public policy and humanitarian responses used to address these problems, including through work on social determinants such as housing and food security, as well as through public health and community health worker interventions.

Laura Beth Bugg

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    • Global & Community Health
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Juan Manuel Pedroza

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    • Assistant Professor
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    • Sociology Department
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    • Sociology
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Carlos Martinez

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    • Assistant Professor
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    • Latin American & Latino Studies
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Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

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    • Associate Professor
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    • Film and Digital Media Department
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Jaimie Morse

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    • Assistant Professor
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    • Sociology Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Sociology
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Sara Niedzwiecki

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Justin Perez

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    • Assistant Professor
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    • Latin American & Latino Studies
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Alicia R. Riley

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    • Assistant Professor & Core Faculty in Global and Community Health Program
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    • Sociology Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Health and Wellness
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Thomas Serres

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    • Assistant Professor
  • Department
    • Politics Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Comparative Politics
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Matt Sparke

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    • Professor
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    • Politics Department
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise
    • Capitalism
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