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Why Canada is hazardous to their health

posted Mar 18, 2012, 2:23 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 2:24 PM ]
By Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen February 25, 2012

Since the 1990s a growing body of data has suggested that most newcomers arrive in Canada healthier than the native-born population, only to have that advantage erode over time. New immigrants tend to live longer than the Canadian-born population, but within a decade of resettlement, their mortality rates creep up, as do their rates of chronic disease. In looking at almost a decade of data in its biannual National Population Health Survey, Statistics Canada also found immigrants were almost twice as likely as native-born Canadians to report feeling unwell. Recent non-European immigrants - the largest proportion of newcomers we currently admit - were the most likely to report their health declining from good or excellent to fair or poor.

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