PUBLI : Anne Gosselin, Maria Melchior, Diane Desprat, François-Xavier Devetter, Julie Pannetier, Emmanuel Valat et Sarah Memmi, « Were immigrants on the frontline during the lockdown ? Evidence from France », European Journal of Public Health, August 2021

Abstract

In France, immi­grants’ excess of mortality was higher than natives’ during the Spring 2020 lock­down. Were immi­grants in front­line jobs and more exposed to Covid-19 ? Based on a nation­ally repre­sen­ta­tive survey, we model the prob­a­bility to work in a front­line job according to migra­tory status, taking sociode­mo­graphic and occu­pa­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics into account. Compared to natives (Metro­pol­itan France), being an African immi­grant was asso­ci­ated to higher prob­a­bility to work in a front­line job [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) = 1.82 (1.23 – 2.71)], as well as being born in French Over­seas Depart­ments [aOR = 1.64 (1.23 – 2.18)], reflecting racial divi­sion of work and higher Sars-Cov‑2 expo­sure of immi­grant and minority populations.

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