Denmark: Immigrants more prone to disease

Immigrants from non-Western countries suffer from mental illness, diabetes and back pains more often than the rest of the population, shows a new study from the Center for Public Health in the Central Denmark Region.

Immigrants from ex-Yugoslavia, Somalia, Pakistan and Lebanon in particular suffer from diseases. While 2% of the ethnic Dutch suffer from diabetes, the illness is 8 times more common among immigrant groups - except for Iranians.

Back pains are up to three times as common among several ethnic groups than in the rest of the population. The same goes for mental illnesses, 23-40% of the immigrants from ex-Yugoslavia, Lebanon and Iraq have a transient mental illness such as depression, compared with 10% of the ethnic Dutch.

Source: Kristeligt Dagblad (Danish)

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