La Vie Avec L’asthme: Analysis of Asthma Susceptibility Differences Between Immigrant and Native Populations in France

Arsen, Emily

This study analyzes the differences in asthma prevalence between the native-born French population and the immigrant population in an effort to measure the effect of nativity on the likelihood that an individual is asthmatic. Previous research has shown that immigrants report better health than the native population, which is a phenomenon known as the immigrant health paradox. Yet, significant research also suggests that populations with low socioeconomic status, as immigrants tend to be, are more prone to asthma than populations of higher socioeconomic status. Using the 2003 cycle of the Enquête Santé, I created models to estimate the influence of one’s immigrant status on the likelihood of being asthmatic, as well as generating models to measure the effect of immigrant status on severity of one’s asthma. My studies ultimately showed that immigrants in France are less likely to be asthmatic than the native-born population. Similarly, immigrants tend have a lower propensity to have severe asthma. These results affirm the findings of previous studies on the immigrant health paradox and suggest that immigrants have better respiratory health than the native population.


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The Journal of Politics and Society

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February 14, 2014