Mental Health and Related Factors among Temporary International Migrant Workers in Taiwan

Project: A - Government Institutionb - National Science and Technology Council

Project Details


Over the past 10 years, the number of migrant workers from Southeast Asia working in Taiwan has increased significantly. International migrants workers struggle with similar challenges regarding access to health care, but they face the additional barriers of mobility, language, and cultural differences, lack of familiarity with local health care services, and limited eligibility to publicly and privately funded health care programs. Moreover, international manual workers had to deal with hazardous working and living conditions, and discriminatory prejudice by locals. All of these factors place a constant pressure on psychological wellbeing. Up to date, there has only been a handful of studies that have focused on health of Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan. The limited number of studies in the past mostly focused on use of health services and on physical health. No study has looked into the mental health and psychological wellbeing. The purpose of this research is to assess the mental health, in particular depression and psychological affects, and to present a profile of factors that might be associated with their mental health. Findings from this research can provide evidence-based information for the health care management sector on how to organize programs to meet the need of Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan.
Effective start/end date8/1/187/1/19


  • international migration
  • migrant workers
  • mental health
  • Taiwan


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