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

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

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dc.contributor.author Ahonen, E.Q.
dc.contributor.author Porthé, Victoria
dc.contributor.author Vázquez, M.L.
dc.contributor.author García García, Ana María
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.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-30T11:25:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-30T11:25:59Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10550/16767
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. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation http://jech.bmj.com/content/63/11/936.full.pdf en
dc.source AHONEN, E Q ; Porthe, V ; Vázquez, M L ; Garcia Garcia, Ana Maria ; López-Jacob, M J ; Ruiz-Frutos, C ; Ronda-Pérez, E ; Benach, Joan ; Benavides, Fernando G., 2009, A qualitative study about immigrant workers’ perceptions of their working conditions in Spain, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 63, no. 11, p. 936-942 en
dc.subject qualitative ; inmigrant workers ; working conditions en
dc.title A qualitative study about immigrant workers’ perceptions of their working conditions in Spain en
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion en
dc.subject.unesco UNESCO::CIENCIAS MÉDICAS en
dc.subject.unesco UNESCO::CIENCIAS MÉDICAS ::Salud pública en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/jech.2008.077016 en
dc.description.private Garcia Garcia, Ana Maria, Ana.M.Garcia@uv.es en
dc.identifier.idgrec 059267 en

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