Journal Article

Low migrant mortality in Germany for men aged 65 and older: fact or artifact?

Kibele, E. U. B., Scholz, R. D., Shkolnikov, V. M.
European Journal of Epidemiology, 23:6, 389–393 (2008)


Migrant mortality in Europe was found to be lower than mortality of host populations. In Germany, residents with migrant background constitute nearly one tenth of the population aged 65+ with about 40% of them being foreigners. The German Pension Scheme follows vital status of pensioners very accurately. Mortality re-estimation reveals two-fold underestimation of mortality of foreigners due to biased death numerator and population denominator.
Keywords: Germany, migration, mortality, pensioners, registration
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