A qualitative study about immigrant workers’ perceptions of their working conditions in Spain

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Ahonen E, Porthé V, Vázquez M L, García A M, López-Jacob M J, Ruiz-Frutos C, Ronda-Pérez E, Benach J, Benavides F G. A qualitative study about immigrant workers’ perceptions of their working conditions in Spain. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2009; 63: 936-942. DOI 10.1136/jech.2008.077016
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dc.contributor.author Ahonen, Emily
dc.contributor.author Porthé, Victoria
dc.contributor.author Vázquez, María Luisa
dc.contributor.author García, Ana M
dc.contributor.author López Jacob, María José
dc.contributor.author Ruiz Frutos, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Ronda Pérez, Elena
dc.contributor.author Benach, Joan
dc.contributor.author Benavides, Fernando G. (Fernando García)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-02T10:49:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-02T10:49:43Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Ahonen E, Porthé V, Vázquez M L, García A M, López-Jacob M J, Ruiz-Frutos C, Ronda-Pérez E, Benach J, Benavides F G. A qualitative study about immigrant workers’ perceptions of their working conditions in Spain. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2009; 63: 936-942. DOI 10.1136/jech.2008.077016
dc.identifier.issn 0143-005X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/16276
dc.description.abstract Background: Spain has recently become an inward migration country. Little is known about the occupational health of immigrant workers. This study aimed to explore the perceptions that immigrant workers in Spain had of their working conditions. Methods: Qualitative, exploratory, descriptive study. Criterion sampling. Data collected between September 2006 and May 2007 through semi-structured focus groups and individual interviews, with a topic guide. One hundred and fifty-eight immigrant workers (90 men/68 women) from Colombia (n = 21), Morocco (n = 39), sub-Saharan Africa (n = 29), Romania (n = 44) and Ecuador (n = 25), who were authorised (documented) or unauthorised (undocumented) residents in five medium to large cities in Spain. Results: Participants described poor working conditions, low pay and health hazards. Perception of hazards appeared to be related to gender and job sector. Informants were highly segregated into jobs by sex, however, so this issue will need further exploration. Undocumented workers described poorer conditions than documented workers, which they attributed to their documentation status. Documented participants also felt vulnerable because of their immigrant status. Informants believed that deficient language skills, non-transferability of their education and training and, most of all, their immigrant status and economic need left them with little choice but to work under poor conditions. Conclusions: The occupational health needs of immigrant workers must be addressed at the job level, while improving the enforcement of existing health and safety regulations. The roles that documentation status and economic need played in these informants' work experiences should be considered and how these may influence health outcomes.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group
dc.relation.ispartof J Epidemiol Community Health. 2009; 63: 936-942
dc.rights © BMJ Publishing Group
dc.subject.other Immigrants -- Treball -- Espanya
dc.subject.other Immigrants -- Condicions socials -- Espanya
dc.subject.other Immigrants -- Salut i higiene
dc.title A qualitative study about immigrant workers’ perceptions of their working conditions in Spain
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2008.077016
dc.subject.keyword Immigrant
dc.subject.keyword Working conditions
dc.subject.keyword Health inequalities
dc.subject.keyword Qualitative methodology
dc.subject.keyword Occupational health
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion


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