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Joseph Bryant

HLTC02Chapter 8 Womens Health and the Intersection of Gender and the Experience of International MigrationWomens health and illness experiences are shaped by the recourses and opportunities available to them as well ad by health policies and practicesPolicies ad practices which are sensitive to both gender and the experience of migration will better pertain to women as Canadians in a globalizing worldWhen health policy disengages from the core social institutions and infrastructures essential to immigrant womens health and wellbeing it both reflects and perpetuates a culture of disadvantage that still persists far from too many women in Canada and around the worldHealth care is never simply and only about health care health policy making and practice constitute a cultural economic legal ethical and political forum in which to work out the principles attitudes beliefs myths and values it must also be sensitive to experiences of migration above and beyond the recognition of cultural diversity Social dimensions of health are regaining platformoWhile specialized health research and technology is important a purely biomedical approach to ill health often reinforces a health care lens that is focused on treating instead of preventing illness oThe technological and pharmaceutical influences distort ill health by minimizing or negating the strain of social illsThe social opportunities resources and conditions in the lives of many women in Canada have likewise improved significantlyGender is a salient determinant of social inequity and health because the opportunities and resources to attain and maintain health are not evenly distributed between and among women and menEmerging gendersensitive health research has become attentive to the concept of intersectionality where gender represents one of many forces defining womens health experiencesIntegrating Migration and Gender into Womens HealthMigrationImmigration can be seen as voluntary involuntary or a blend of bothThe pushpull factors in migration may include economic globalization and accompanying economic and educational needs and opportunities Following the decision and ability to migrate immigrants are met with complex application classification and land proceduresThe ability to meet immigration prerequisites is extraordinarily competitive Since 1990 Canada has typically accepted about 230000 immigrants per year Within Canadian permanent immigration policy voluntary immigrants are classified into six categories skilled workers business class provincial nomination family class international adoption and Quebecselected immigrationInvoluntary immigration comprises two classes namely refugee resettlement or asylum seeker The rlsp between migration and ones health outcomes varies with the impetus and
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