Immigrant Populations in relation to Access to Greenspace and Noise Pollution Open Access

Bogović, Sabrina (Spring 2021)

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Immigrants exist across the globe, yet they are an understudied population in many facets. This study investigates the relationship between the environmental exposures of access to green space and noise pollution on immigrant populations. Access to greenspace, or greenness, noise pollution and immigrant populations were evaluated by systematic synthesis of environmental exposures to better understand the health implications that these exposures have on immigrant populations. By examination of select literature, three main themes were elicited, which include mental health, social cohesion, and socio-economic status as important measures in evaluation of exposures on immigrant populations. These themes highlighted the need for further research in environmental exposures. Further, it was identified that mental health issues in immigrant populations was associated with noise pollution, and negatively correlated with access to greenspace. In the theme of social cohesion, it was found that higher levels of social cohesion occur with greater access to green space, and less noise pollution. In the theme of socio-economic status, there was mixed results in exposure to greenness and environmental exposure. In essence, our analysis points to a strong correlation between general better conditions for immigrant populations in environments with low noise pollution and access to greenspaces.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction...1

Chapter 2: Methods...4

Chapter 3: Results...6

3.1 Social Cohesion Analysis...6

3.2 Socio-Economic Status Analysis...8

3.3 Mental Health Analysis...9

Chapter 4: Discussion...10

4.1 Social Cohesion Conclusions...10

4.2 Socio-Economic Status Conclusions...11

4.3 Mental Health Conclusions...12

4.4 Limitations...14

4.5 Recommendations...15

4.6 Conclusion...17

Chapter 5: References...18

Chapter 6: Appendix A...24

Chapter 7: Appendix B...25

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