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Majority-minority social-group contact proves negative for the latter
The study, in which the University of Granada participated, was published recently by the journal Nature Human Behavior. It highlights that, contrary to what was previously thought, among minority groups this contact appears to be negatively related to support for social change toward greater equality. (2020-02-06)

Role-playing game increases empathy for immigrants, study shows
In a study, college students created a fictional online persona from a randomly assigned country and attempted to navigate the administrative hurdles of obtaining a green card and citizenship. Results showed increased levels of empathy among the students for marginalized groups. (2020-01-30)

Families give high marks to parenting supports 'for refugees, by refugees,' study finds
A parenting program, developed by Somali and Bhutanese refugees in partnership with Boston College researchers, retained a majority of participants and showed promise reducing reports of childhood depression and family conflict and improving behavior among children, according to findings published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. (2020-01-30)

Older refugees have high levels of depression even decades after immigration to Canada
A new study of Canadians aged 45-85, released this week, found that refugees were 70% more likely to suffer from depression than those born in Canada when age, sex and marital status were taken into account -- even decades after immigration. (2020-01-23)

Attentiveness and trust are especially effective in combating juvenile crime
The criminologist Professor Klaus Boers (University of Münster) and the sociologist Professor Jost Reinecke (University of Bielefeld) have presented the results of their long-term study 'Crime in the modern city.' The scientists have observed and analyzed the delinquency behavior of around 3,000 young people in German cities for almost 20 years. (2020-01-16)

Immigration and transition: Emerging trends in spina bifida care
In this collection of articles in the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (JPRM) experts highlight the emerging trends in spina bifida care in response to challenges faced by spina bifida patients and their physicians due to demographic shifts in age and ethnicity and other societal factors. (2020-01-15)

If trees could talk: Using historic log structures to map migration of Europeans, Native Americans
Researchers at West Virginia University are using tree-ring dating to determine not only when trees were cut down to build historic log buildings in the region but also what the forests were like before European immigrants arrived. This could help researchers shed light on when Native Americans abandoned the area and how their absence altered the landscape. (2020-01-07)

You create your own false information, study finds
Along with partisan news outlets and political blogs, there's another surprising source of misinformation on controversial topics -- it's you. A new study found that people given accurate statistics on a controversial issue tended to misremember those numbers to fit commonly held beliefs. (2019-12-09)

Immigrants who naturalize outearn their peers
Looking at municipalities in Switzerland where citizenship applications were put to a popular vote, researchers identified immigrants who narrowly won or lost and tracked their earnings over the next several decades. After the vote, the winners began earning more, and the gap between the two groups widened over time. The earnings boost was about 5,637 CHF per year, on average, and was almost double among immigrants most likely to face discrimination in the job market. (2019-12-04)

Deportation worries may increase high blood pressure risk
The fear of deportation was associated with double the risk of developing high blood pressure over a four-year period, in a study of Mexican-born women who reside in an agricultural area of California. Worries associated with immigration policies and enforcement may have negative impacts on the long-term cardiovascular health of immigrants, their families and community. (2019-11-27)

Prior exposure to pollutants could underlie increased diabetes risk of Indian immigrants
In 2004, the United Nations Stockholm Convention banned the production and use of many persistent organic pollutants (POPs), such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). However, POP production and use continue in some nations that did not ratify the treaty, including India and other South Asian countries. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology have linked high levels of DDT in Indian immigrants in the US with risk factors for diabetes. (2019-11-20)

DDT linked to higher risk of diabetes among Asian Indian immigrants to US
Previous exposure to the pollutant DDT may contribute to the risk of diabetes among Asian Indian immigrants to the United States, according to a UC Davis study. (2019-11-20)

Want more women & minorities in STEM? Address social oppression in the classroom, says new research
Study shows a community college program that integrates students' experiences of social oppression into the class as students' develop social entrepreneurship ventures was effective at strengthening entrepreneurial and STEM skills of the students?largely women, minorities and immigrants (2019-11-20)

Demographic shifts, voter fears, and presidential voting
New research from University of Pennsylvania, University of California, San Diego and Yale University shows Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign didn't benefit from voters' fears of immigrants in communities experiencing greater demographic change, a finding that surprised even the political scientists who conducted the study, including Penn political scientist Daniel J. Hopkins. (2019-11-19)

New research quantifies how much speakers' first language affects learning a new language
Linguistic research suggests that accents are strongly shaped by the speaker's first language they learned growing up. New research from an international collaboration between the University of Rochester and universities in Germany and Holland sheds light on just how strong these effects can be. This work is the first to evaluate these effects on a large scale and may lead to novel methods of instruction for adults learning to speak foreign languages. (2019-11-14)

Depression linked to nutrition in middle-aged and older Canadians
Your diet can put you at risk of depression, according to a new study. The study also found that the likelihood of depression is higher among middle-aged and older women who were immigrants to Canada when compared to Canadian-born women. (2019-11-12)

Racial bias and discrimination may negatively impact heart disease care, risk factors
Two new studies illustrate that race may affect heart care for African Americans and African immigrants. A national study suggests African Americans may have a more difficult time getting approved for a heart transplant. A separate study, conducted in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, found that African immigrants who reported experiencing discrimination were more likely to have multiple heart disease and stroke risk factors. (2019-11-11)

Debunking common misperceptions of Asian community health
Common misperceptions about Asian health issues contribute to a lack of health awareness and a reluctance to seek care, according to research published in Public Relations Review. (2019-11-07)

US-born residents more than 5 times likely to use prescription opioids than new immigrants
The longer immigrants live in the United States, the more likely they are to use prescription opioids -- a fact that contradicts popular views linking wealth and health, and suggests that American culture is uniquely favorable toward prescribing opioids. (2019-10-29)

Length of time in US associated with immigrants' opioid use
The more time first-generation immigrants spend in the United States the more likely it appears they will use prescription opioids. This analysis used nationally representative survey data on health services that include prescription medications and self-reported length of time spent in the country. Among an estimated 41.5 million adult immigrants living in the United States, 3.2 million (7.8%) use prescription opioids. (2019-10-25)

Is there evidence of the 'immigrant health paradox' among Arab Americans?
In a study published in the Journal of American Public Health, researchers find little evidence of the 'immigrant health paradox' among Arab American immigrants living in California. Lead author Nadia Abuelezam of Boston College says there is a need to intentionally collect ethnicity and racial data on Arab immigrants in order to better understand their health. (2019-10-17)

Integration of refugees: Germans in east and west show similar willingness to help
In discussions in Germany on immigrants, it is often the eastern part of Germany, in particular, that the population associates with hate crimes against refugees. Are there any differences between East and West in small acts of everyday help? Researchers from Münster University (Germany) investigated this question using a rarely used method: They deposited stamped envelopes over the street. The study was published in 'Social Psychology'. (2019-10-15)

Undocumented immigrants' transplant survival rates on par with US citizens'
Unauthorized immigrants who receive liver transplants in the United States have comparable three-year survival rates to US citizens, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. Yet access to life-saving organs for this population varies widely by state, in part due to a medical misperception that undocumented migrants face a higher risk of transplant failure. (2019-09-20)

Descendants of early Europeans and Africans in US carry Native American genetic legacy
Many people in the US do not belong to Native American communities but still carry bits of Native American DNA, inherited from European and African ancestors who had children with indigenous individuals during colonization and settlement. In a new study published September 19, 2019 in PLOS Genetics, Andrew Conley of the Georgia Institute of Technology and colleagues investigate this genetic legacy and what it can tell us about how non-natives migrated across the US. (2019-09-19)

Immigrants who committed felonies less likely than nonimmigrants to commit another felony
A new study compared recidivism rates of foreign-born and native-born individuals formerly incarcerated for felonies and released from prisons in Florida. It found that immigrants are significantly less likely to reoffend by committing another felony than their nonimmigrant peers. (2019-09-18)

Trump administration's public charge rule presents threat to health, conclude scholars
The Trump administration's 'public charge' rule, which would subject legal immigrants to a public charge determination if they use public health, nutrition and housing benefits for which they are eligible, represents a major threat to health, according to a 'friend of the court' brief filed Sept. 10. (2019-09-11)

Intergenerational relationships promote aging immigrants' health, lower caregivers' stress
Filial piety is central to the Chinese concept of family and has long shaped intergenerational relationships for older Chinese adults. The intersection of Eastern values and Western norms, however, can alter cultural beliefs across generations and negatively impact aging Chinese immigrants' physical and mental health and the caregiving burdens faced by their children, according to two new Rutgers studies. (2019-09-09)

Study shows the social benefits of political incorrectness
Using politically incorrect speech can incite controversy but also brings social benefits: It's a powerful way to appear authentic. Researchers at Berkeley Haas found that replacing even a single politically correct word or phrase with a politically incorrect one -- 'illegal' versus 'undocumented' immigrants, for example -- makes people view a speaker as more authentic and less likely to be swayed by others. (2019-09-05)

Arrival of refugees in Eastern German communities has no effect on voting behavior, attitudes on immigration
The arrival of refugees in eastern German communities has had no effect on local residents' voting behavior or on their attitudes toward immigration, finds a new study of citizens in more than 200 regional municipalities. (2019-08-31)

Intimate partner violence against women creates economic hardship, Rutgers study finds
Women who experience intimate partner violence, including physical, emotional, and controlling abuse, are more likely to suffer material hardship -- the inability to purchase food, housing, utilities, medical care or other needs for a healthy life, according to a Rutgers-led study. (2019-08-27)

Genetic diversity couldn't save Darwin's finches
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that Charles Darwin's famous finches defy what has long been considered a key to evolutionary success: genetic diversity. The study of the finches of the Galapagos Islands could change the way conservation biologists think about species with naturally fragmented populations to understand their potential for extinction.  (2019-08-22)

Germany and United Kingdom are popular destinations
Those who wish to leave their own country of origin in the European Union (EU) can currently do so without complications: with the right to freedom of movement, the EU offers its citizens unique conditions for migration. A study by the Universities of Göttingen, Bremen and Cologne has now shown that Germany and United Kingdom are the most popular destination countries for migration within Europe. Their research was published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. (2019-08-21)

Chinese Americans face increased risk of elder abuse, Rutgers studies find
More must be done to prevent elder abuse in the Chinese American community, according to four new Rutgers studies published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The studies found that a history of abuse, lack of positive social support, and isolation from family significantly increase older Chinese Americans' risk of experiencing elder abuse, chronic health conditions, and even early death. (2019-08-19)

Unmet family expectations linked to increased mortality among older Chinese Americans
New Rutgers-led study explores the link between mortality and the discrepancy between older Chinese Americans' expectations versus receipt of filial piety. (2019-08-16)

Streamlining fee waiver requests helped low-income immigrants become citizens
Researchers from the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University studied the impact of a USCIS reform that streamlined the process to request a fee waiver for citizenship applications. After the reform, those eligible for the fee waiver became more likely to apply for citizenship than those who were ineligible. The boost in naturalization rates among these low-income applicants amounted to about 73,000 new citizens per year who otherwise wouldn't have applied. (2019-08-06)

Middle-school Latino children report more depressive symptoms after family member arrested
Latino children who experience the immigration-related arrest of a family member report more severe levels of depression than those who don't have such an experience, especially if one or both parents are undocumented, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. (2019-08-01)

Ethnic networks help refugees integrate into the host country's economy
Many refugee resettlement programs evenly disperse new arrivals, in part to discourage the formation of ethnic clusters. But proximity to communities of others who share their nationality, ethnicity, or language can help refugees integrate into the local economy, according to new evidence from researchers at the Immigration Policy Lab. Newly arrived refugees in Switzerland who lived near more people with the same background were more likely to be employed within their first five years. (2019-07-30)

Uncovering the roots of discrimination toward immigrants
Immigrants are often encouraged to assimilate into their new culture as a way of reducing conflict with their host societies, to appear less threatening to the culture and national identity of the host population. But new research from the Penn Identity and Conflict Lab suggests that cultural integration signaled by following local social norms does not eliminate bias and discrimination toward immigrants when ethno-religious differences are obvious. (2019-07-29)

Larger ethnic communities help new refugees find work, Stanford research shows
A new study from the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab found that new refugees were more likely to find work within their first five years if officials assigned them to an area with a larger community of people who share their nationality, ethnicity or language. (2019-07-29)

Visits to the dentist decline in old age, especially among minorities
Visits to the dentist drop significantly after adults turn 80, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. (2019-07-24)

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