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Taking Workplace Health Promotion Global: The Art of Cultural Integration

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Although migration has been occurring since the origins of the human race, the recent era of expanding globalization has led to the increased movement of the global workforce across and within national boundaries. The social, political, and economic aspects of worker mobility have been the focus of numerous studies1,2 and have led employers to pay closer attention to the impact that worker mobility may have on business continuity. As more multinational corporations (MNC) are starting to place workers in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC; eg, high-tech companies based in the US relocating assets to LMIC such as Bangalore, India), the health status of employees may be negatively affected by the new environment. Conversely, some countries might confer a protective effect as well. Better understanding of how subpopulations relocating to different countries might experience different health outcomes after deployment may provide further insight in the complexities that lead to health outcomes within migrant populations.

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