Immigrants are less healthy than the average Swiss but many do not seek proper treatment using Switzerland’s health care system, a study has found.
Around 3,000 immigrants from Turkey, Portugal, Serbia, Kosovo, Somalia and Sri Lanka were interviewed about the state of their health, their need for medical care and general health know-how.
Factors such as level of education played a part in their wellness. The better educated a migrant is, the better their health. Newly arrived immigrants were also healthier than those who had been in the country for longer.
Immigrants also smoked more than the average Swiss but drank less alcohol.