Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 699–706 | Cite as

A Descriptive Study on Immigrant Workers in the Elderly Care Sector

  • Adriana Ortega
  • Isabella Gomes Carneiro
  • Mari-Ann Flyvholm
Original Paper


The present descriptive study seeks to explore the differences in terms of psychosocial work characteristics and health & well-being indicators among Danes, Western and Non-western immigrants working in the elderly care sector; and to identify differences in the association patterns between these psychosocial work characteristics and health & well-being across these three groups. The study was based on a large-scale survey of the elderly care sector in Denmark with 78% response rate. Results show that Non-western immigrants had more depression symptoms, poorer quality of sleep and more client-related burnout than their Western immigrants and Danish colleagues. All in all, the associations between psychosocial work characteristics and health and well-being were much stronger among Danes than among immigrant workers and particularly weak among Non-western immigrants.


Immigrants Elderly care Psychosocial work environment Health and well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriana Ortega
    • 1
  • Isabella Gomes Carneiro
    • 1
  • Mari-Ann Flyvholm
    • 1
  1. 1.National Research Centre for the Working EnvironmentCopenhagenDenmark

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