Immigrants’ kids likely worse off than their SA counterparts: study
However, no major disparities were found when it came to access to health care
High unemployment rates, poor education and living in squalid conditions may be too high a price to pay for the children of African immigrants living in SA.
New research shows that babies and young children born to immigrants are likely to be malnourished and stunted compared with better-off local women, partly due to the socio-economic hurdles they have to conquer.
According to a study by the University of Pretoria (UP) and Kalafong Hospital in the city, while there are no major disparities when it comes to access to health care, antenatal clinics, immunisation coverage and HIV prevalence between the two groups, researchers warn that immigrants should be viewed as a high-risk group. This is because their children, particularly older offspring, are likely to face malnutrition and growth deficits compared with local children. ..