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RAMIREZ-SANTANA, Muriel; RIVERA HUMERES, Johana; BERNALES SILVA, Margarita  and  CABIESES VALDES, Báltica. Social Vulnerability and Health Needs of Immigrant Population in Northern Chile. Migr. Inter [online]. 2019, vol.10, e2005.  Epub Jan 01, 2019. ISSN 2594-0279.

It was proposed to know the health vulnerability and health care needs of immigrants in Chile, through a qualitative exploratory study. The findings suggest that their vulnerability would be due to their irregular status, precarious work and low incomes, when they do. Health conditions are common morbidity, mental and reproductive health. Acculturation and a positive attitude towards self-care would be protective factors. An important barrier to access is the illegal status of some immigrants; as the ignorance of the Chilean health system. It is suggested to socialize health policies for migrants and to expand targeted strategies for their health care.

Keywords : immigrants; primary health care; health vulnerability; Latin America; Chile.

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