Ethnic Background, Labour Market Attachment and Severe Morbidity: Hospitalisation among Immigrants in Sweden 1990–2001

  • Martin KlinthallEmail author


This article examines differences in health among immigrants in Sweden from 1990 to 2001. Controlling for demographic characteristics, most immigrant groups display higher rates of hospitalisation than native Swedes, but when socio-economic factors are introduced, only Nordic immigrants display rates that are significantly higher than for Swedish-born individuals. High rates of hospitalisation among immigrants compared to Swedes seem to be explained by the socio-economic situation in Sweden rather than health conditions and socio-economic circumstances before immigration. There is a strong correlation between weak labour market integration and high levels of severe morbidity in non-Nordic immigrant groups.


Immigrants Labour market integration Health Morbidity 


Cet article examine les différences de santé parmi une population d’immigrés en Suède 1990–2001. Après avoir pris en compte les caractéristiques démographiques, la plupart des communautés immigrées montrent des taux d’hospitalisation plus élevées que les suédois de souche. Quand les facteurs socio-économiques sont pris en compte, seuls les immigrés nordiques montrent des taux qui sont sensiblement plus élevés que pour la population née en Suède. Des taux élevés d’hospitalisation parmi les immigrés comparés aux Suédois semblent être dus à la situation socio-économique en Suède, plutôt que l’état sanitaire et la situation socio-économique avant immigration. Il y a une corrélation forte entre l’intégration faible au marché du travail et les niveaux élevés de morbidité grave parmi les populations immigrées non-Nordiques.


Immigrés Intégration au marché du travail Santé Morbidité 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economic HistoryLund UniversityLundSweden

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