Temporary labour migrants

Very few studies have focused on the health of temporary labour migrants in destination countries and despite frequent newspaper reports of deaths and accidents involving migrant workers, few systematic studies have covered this topic. Kamaladasa and others (1992) reported that the altered lifestyle Sri Lankan migrant workers experience in Western Asia placed them at greater risk of coronary heart disease. It also found a higher incidence of non-insulin dependent diabetes in migrant Sri Lankans in Western Asia while Carballo and Siem (2006) noted that migration studies commonly found a higher incidence of diabetes among migrants than non-migrants. Meanwhile, Alballa and Bambgoye (1993) indicated that road accidents and industrial accidents were a common cause of morbidity and mortality among Sri Lankan migrants in Western Asia.