Socioeconomic and Health Condition of Elderly Migrants in Monterrey City, Mexico

Saturday, July 19, 2014: 12:45 PM
Room: 313+314
Oral Presentation
Arun ACHARYA , Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico
Present paper attempts to analyze the socioeconomic condition of elderly migrants and their impact on health status. About 156 Mexican elderly migrants were interviewed in Monterrey Metropolitan Region during 2010-12. The study found that, majority of elderly migrates in search of a better economic opportunity in urban areas. Once they arrive to city, they absorb in informal economic sectors. Our results indicate that most of the elderly do not have any job contract as well as they also earns very less compared to younger migrants. Most of the time employers ask them to work more hours without extra salary, which has adverse effect on their health. Elderly migrants were reported numerous health problem, whereas many of them were suffering from high risk diseases such as heart problem, obesity, high & low blood pressure, asthma among others. Present study concluded that socioeconomic difference has great impact on health status of the older population.