Mental health among people with a migration background in Belgium over the past 20 years: how has the situation evolved?

Last updated on 11-10-2023 by Pierre Smith

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Background Poor mental health is highly stigmatized and stereotyped, even more when it comes to migrant and ethnic minority groups (MEM). Belgium, which has a long history of immigration, is a good case study for analysing how the prevalence of mental illness (MI) has evolved over time and how such evolution had differed between MEM. This paper seeks to explore the prevalence of MI and potential inequalities among MEM compared to native Belgians between 1997 and 2018, shedding light on this important issue. Methods The data set is composed of the six cross-sectional waves of the Be…

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