Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 21, Issue 6, pp 1436–1439 | Cite as

High Prevalence of Food Insecurity and Factors Associated with Haitian Immigrants in Southern Chile

  • Eduard Maury-SintjagoEmail author
  • Alejandra Rodríguez-Fernández
  • Danny E. García
  • Julio Parra-Flores
Brief Communication


The objective was to determine the association between sociodemographic factors and food insecurity (FI) in Haitian immigrants in southern Chile. An analytical cross-sectional design was used. The sample consisted of Haitian immigrants residing in Southern Chile, who were recruited from community centers and completed a sociodemographic questionnaire and the Latin-American and Caribbean Food Security Scale. Multivariable analyses were performed to identify factors associated with FI. FI prevalence in the 234 participants was 78%; 60% had severe FI. Having children (OR 3.6; 95% CI 1.6–7.4), limited Spanish proficiency (OR 3.5; 95% CI 1.8–7.3), no access to basic services (OR 2.8; 95% CI 1.2–6.4), and not being a legal permanent resident (OR 2.4; 95% CI 1.1–6.1) were associated with significantly higher odds of FI. Over three-quarters of Haitian immigrants in southern Chile suffer from FI. Tailored intervention strategies are needed to address this major public-health issue, with a special focus on those at highest risk, including families with children, and those with limited Spanish proficiency, no access to basic services, and without legal permanent resident status.


Food insecurity Immigrants Haitians Chile 



The research work reported in this manuscript was supported by DIUBB 182420 4/R research project funded by Universidad del Bío-Bío.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Nutrición y Salud PúblicaUniversidad del Bío-BíoChillánChile
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Adventista de ChileChillánChile
  3. 3.Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Católica de la Santísima ConcepciónConcepciónChile

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