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Differential Acculturation and its Impact on Well Being among Bangladeshi Migrants Living at Different Densities in the UK
Migration has a significant effect on emotional and physical wellbeing. Compared to other migrant groups, British-Bangladeshis (numbering about half a million) report poorer health and more long term illness or disability including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Contributing factors may be racial intolerance and prejudice, levels of acculturation/integration and appropriate and accessible service provision. Using questionnaires, physical measurements and biological markers measured in saliva, this project will compare how different generations of British-Bangladeshis living in large communities in London (who may be buffered against some stressors associated with migration) and small, more ethnically isolated communities in the northeast have acculturated to UK life by examining their social, psychological and physical wellbeing.
The Project asks if northeast Bangladeshis are:
- more integrated
- experience more discrimination and racism
- have poorer health
- make greater demands of local health services
- require fewer social services (such as language classes) compared to London migrants.
No previous studies have conducted such detailed comparisons of acculturation and wellbeing among Bangladeshis in relation to their migration experience. This Project will therefore be helpful for predicting the social and health requirements of ethnically-diverse migrants living at different densities in the UK.