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Factors Affecting Migrantsí Food Security in Tasmania: A Mixed Methods Study


Yeoh, JSW and Le, Q and McManamey, RM, Factors Affecting Migrants' Food Security in Tasmania: A Mixed Methods Study, Journal of Food Security, 3, (4) pp. 94-98. ISSN 2372-0107 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12691/jfs-3-4-1


Background: For migrants experiencing a new cultural environment access to available and affordable food is vital. Factors such as geographical isolation, income and language influence migrantsí experiences of and views about food security.

Methods: A mixed methods study (questionnaires and follow-up interviews) examined the factors affecting the food security of migrants living in a regional area of Australia. The data was analysed using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Results/discussions: The cultural background of the migrant is an important influence on food security. The study found statistically significant associations between the migrantsí region of origin and their views on aspects of food security. Seven factors were identified that influenced migrantsí food security: (1) cultural background; (2) language; (3) educational background; (4) geographical isolation; (5) income; (6) length of stay in Tasmania; and (7) household size.

Conclusion: Factors affecting migrantsí food security are strongly shaped by the socio-demographic background of the migrants.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:food security, migrants, mixed methods, regional
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Yeoh, JSW (Ms Joanne Yeoh)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:McManamey, RM (Dr Rosa McManamey)
ID Code:103987
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2015-10-30
Last Modified:2016-06-15

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