An Ethnographic Study of the Social Context of Migrant Health in the United States


Seth Holmes


clinical interactions, farmworkers, food product labeling of labor quality, free trade, health disparities, immigration, immigration law, labor, medical education, Mexico, trade deregulation, United States


PLOS Medicine

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Policy Summary

This ethnographic study looks at structural racism and anti-immigrant practices as determinants of poor working and living conditions and health of migrant workers. This paper concludes with strategies toward improving migrant health in four areas: health disparities research, clinical interactions with migrant laborers, medical education, and policy making. Specifically points to immigration law, looking at the political and economic forces of migration, and questions free trade agreements that deregulate trade. Holmes also supports policies that promote labeling with information on labor quality.