Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2016 immigration public policy and health cvr
392 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
January 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309279
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A critical assessment of how public policy affects the health of immigrants, this interdisciplinary volume is an integral contribution to the study of immigration in modern developed nations. Authors employ a welfare state analysis to examine the political and economic systems that shape public policy, turning to several Canadian and international case studies that demonstrate how these policies specifically impact immigrant experiences and health outcomes. Exploring ideals of multiculturalism, solidarity, and equity, Dennis Raphael’s edited collection is an excellent resource for students interested in comparative health care systems, health economics, and global immigrant experiences.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Immigration: Possibilities and Challenges in the 21st Century, Abiola Sulaiman and Dennis Raphael
Chapter 2: The Political Economy of the Immigration Experience, Dennis Raphael

Anglo-Saxon Nations: Multiculturalism Put to the Test?
Chapter 3: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in Australia, Hurriyet Babacan and Narayan Gopalkrishnan
Chapter 4: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in Canada, Ilene Hyman and Agnes Meinhard
Chapter 5: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in the United Kingdom, Jenny Phillimore and Hannah Bradby
Continental Nations: Clash of Cultures?
Chapter 6: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in Austria, Ursula Trummer and Ina Wilczewska
Chapter 7: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in Belgium, Marie Dauvrin
Chapter 8: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in Germany, Gudrun Hentges and Heinrich Bollinger
Nordic Nations: Can the State Provide Equity for All?
Chapter 9: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in Denmark, Romana Careja and Heidi Vad Jønsson
Chapter 10: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in Norway, Arild Schou and Elisabeth Fosse
Chapter 11: Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in Sweden, Hannah Bradby and Sandra Torres

Chapter 12: Key Immigration Issues in Developed Nations, Dennis Raphael
Chapter 13: Addressing the Social Exclusion of Immigrants through Public Policy Action, Toba Bryant

Author Biographies
Copyright Acknowledgements

Dennis Raphael

Dennis Raphael is Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University, as well as the author of over 150 publications that speak to topics in public policy, poverty, and social determinants of health. One of CSPI’s top-selling authors, Raphael’s extensive list of publications includes Poverty in Canada (2011) and Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada (2010). He is the editor of Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences (2012), Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care (co-edited with Toba Bryant and Marcia Rioux, 2010), and Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, Second Edition (2008). Raphael has received numerous awards for his esteemed work, including a Faculty of Health Research Award in the Established Career Category (2010) and over thirty research grants. In addition to his academic work, Raphael has published over a dozen articles in newspapers and magazines, including the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Sun, and The Hamilton Spectator. A longtime community activist, Raphael has authored charters and community research manuals; he is also a member of various working groups and advisory committees.

Social Determinants of Health, 2nd Edition, Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada, Poverty in Canada, 2nd Edition, Social Determinants of Health, 3rd Edition, Staying Alive, 2nd Edition, Tackling Health Inequalities, Immigration, Public Policy, and Health


“A wonderful contribution to the immigration literature, this book provides global evidence on the integration and incorporation of immigrants in Canada with an emphasis on health outcomes and trends from a multinational perspective. Comparing how immigrants fare in terms of health and well-being in Nordic, continental European, and Anglo-Saxon countries reveals surprising and important insights about the role of policy for immigrant integration as well as a new perspective and evidence to guide us in rethinking the traditional conceptualization of the welfare state.”
—  Dan Zuberi, RBC Chair and Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto

“This exciting and timely book examines an under-researched aspect of health inequalities: the integration of immigrants into the health and welfare systems of high-income countries. Drawing on case studies from across North America and Europe, this is a highly accessible text with chapters written by country experts. The book reveals how immigrants fare in different countries, using this to inform suggestions for improving the situation in Canada. The book is very important and an essential read for public health professionals, researchers, and students.”
—  Clare Bambra, Director of the Centre for Health and Inequalities Research, Durham University

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