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Immigrants are twice as likely to die in childhood

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:710

Children of immigrant families in the Netherlands have between one and a half and two times a greater chance of dying than their native Dutch compatriots. It is estimated that this results each year in 100 more perinatal deaths—and more than 50 deaths of children between the ages of 0 and 14—than expected.

The results come from a series of five research projects ordered by the Dutch ministry of health in 1994 after questions were raised in parliament over the differences in mortality among different sectors of the population. Researchers examined 20 000 deaths and 570 000 births among immigrant groups from Turkey, Morocco, Surinam, and the …

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