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If we want immigrants, refugees, and racialized groups to thrive, we need our policies on social determinants of health and mental health services to evolve

Mental health services in Canada are a classic case study. The same social factors that increase the risk of physical illness also increase the risk of mental illness. Not surprisingly immigrant, refugee and racialized populations are at increased risk of mental health problems.

Studies have shown that when immigrants come to this country, they are two times less likely to have poor health than a white Canadian.  The immigration screening process ensures that we have healthy recruits. However, by seven years, immigrants are two times more likely to have poor health. More than 10 per cent of an immigrant’s health has deteriorated in that time. This is an incredible waste of potential. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

Immigration is the main driver of population growth in Canada. Our prosperity is linked to attracting smart immigrants who will help our economy grow.

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