The first in two programmes looking at the physical and mental health problems associated with the migration of communities around the world. Migrant populations of West Africans and Afro-Caribbeans have much higher admission rates to psychiatric hospitals than indigenous populations. Connie St Louis hopes to discover if there is a definite mental illness link to migration, and if so, is there any way of preventing future migrants from suffering in the same way?
Connie St Louis investigates the physical and mental health problems associated with the migration of communities around the world. It's a paradox. It seems that people who move from a less developed country to a more developed country get sicker. It has been known for some time that people of Asian origin have a higher risk of developing diabetes. High blood pressure is a risk in African populations yet they seem to have a natural protection against coronary heart disease. Why is this so, and do these populations maintain their natural resistance when they move, or does moving to a country where coronary heart disease is high mean that they will then suffer too?