Injury Patterns Among Illegal Migrants from Africa in Israel

Amotz Perlman, Irina Radomislensky, Kobi Peleg

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In recent years Israel has become a destination for many migrants from Africa that illegally cross the Egyptian–Israeli border. The objective of this paper is to describe the epidemiological characteristics of injuries among illegal migrants in Israel. The study was carried out retrospectively using data from 19 trauma centers that participated in the Israel National Trauma Registry between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2011. Illegal migrants from Africa were compared to the local population. Migrants were injured more often than the local population from intentional injuries (57.11 %). Migrants were also less likely than the local population (58.38 %) to sustain a minor injury (i.e., injury severity ≤8). The study also shows the hospitalization cost as a result of injuries among migrants from Africa. Preventive measures among illegal migrants from Africa should prioritize intentional injuries and industrial site injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1163-1168
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 23 Aug 2015


  • Africa
  • Illegal migrants
  • Injury
  • Israel
  • Trauma registry


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