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FORCED MIGRATION: COMPLEXITIES IN FOOD AND HEALTH FOR REFUGEES RESETTLED IN THE UNITED STATES

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Each year the United States accepts 40,000–70,000 refugees. Refugees face many unique challenges and opportunities as they, very often, transition from nonindustrialized contexts (low-income, low-reliance on processed foods, high mortality rate) to industrialized settings (high-income, high-reliance on processed foods, low mortality rate). This article contributes to the existing literature on migration health and acculturation by underscoring how refugees’ daily life interactions and activities are at work in the social production of health inequalities in the United States. In the voice of refugee participants, we present and summarize the numerous individual and structural factors that directly or indirectly relate to refugee diet and mental and physical well-being after resettlement.

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