Is Migration Good For You? A Psychiatric and Historical Perspective

James Finlayson*, Marjory Harper

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Does migration make one more or less prone to mental illness? Preceding chapters have addressed that question from different disciplinary perspectives, time periods and locations. It remains highly pertinent; in 2013, according to the United Nations Population Fund, 3.2 per cent of the world’s population (232 million individuals) lived outside their country of origin. A Gallup poll two years earlier, based on research in more than 150 countries from 2005 to 2010, found that approximately nine per cent of the world’s adults wished to move to another country permanently.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigration and Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationPast and Present
EditorsM Harper
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-52968-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-52967-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMental Health in Historical Perspective
ISSN (Print)2634-6036
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6044

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s).


  • Mental Health
  • Psychiatric Distress
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Social Psychiatry
  • Substance Misuse


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