Conditioned thinking and older migrants’ health


Mohamed Ismail writes on his latest blog:

Migrants are known to contribute significantly to the host countries workforce. They are willing to take on challenging jobs, and their offspring are willing to take off tough topics in education. Moreover, they usually arrive at the host country in good health, probably through a natural selection process. Research suggests, however, that in later life, they age faster and with more severe health conditions than the native host majority. This blog argues they are at a loss even when they are compared to their peers in their own countries. Part of that could be due to the difficulties they have to encounter during the life transition event of immigration. However, there might also be another hidden risk factor of the old view of ageing that negatively impacts their ageing. A recent study on migrants’ health and other research seems to support this claim. Read the discussion in this blog post.

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Director of Analytical Research Ltd, and Affiliate Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Mohamed is trained in engineering (MEng – Cairo University), computer science (MSc – Cairo University) and mathematical finance (MSc – CASS Business School, University of London). Mohamed started his career in in the City of London in 1990s, working as a quantitative analyst for leading global financial organisations, such as Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Mizuho and Credit Suisse, before he began to shift his focus onto quantitative social research. Since 2009, he has worked as an independent researcher in the field of social sciences with a particular drive to make use of different statistical and mathematical modelling techniques for the analysis of large and multi-dispersed data sets.

He has worked with universities in the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East; publishing a number of peer-reviewed articles. He has also been invited to give talks and presentations at several leading universities and organisations. His current research interests focus on exploring the potential role of mathematical dynamical systems in the field of population ageing across health and social care. Mohamed is the Director of Analytical Research ltd and an affiliate at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford.