Measuring immigrant health selection is crucial for understanding population health in immigrant-receiving countries. Recently, studies have measured health selection using respondents’ perceptions of their health in comparison with those in their home countries. Yet we do not know how well this measure captures health selection. Using the New Immigrant Survey, the authors visualize respondents’ self-reported levels of health selection stratified by self-rated health and by sending country. The visualization indicates that immigrants from the same country who rate their health the same still give very different answers when asked to compare their health with those in their home countries. These variations were observed for immigrants from all top five sending countries and at every level of self-reported health but are much larger among those who rate their health less favorably. Overall, the present findings signal that U.S. immigrants have highly heterogeneous perceptions of how selected they are.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences(all)