Health issues for travellers visiting friends and relatives

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AN estimated 150 million people live outside their country of birth, and each year, increasing numbers of people migrate from developing to developed countries.1 Australia?s cultural diversity has been shaped over many years by immigration, and as of June 2011, an estimated 27 , or six million, of Australia?s resident population were born outside Australia.2 The largest group of immigrants to Australia are people born in the UK and New Zealand. However, they enjoy a similar health system and level of healthcare in their respective home countries as in Australia and are not generally considered within the group of at-risk VFR travellers. After this group, the three most common countries of birth in the Australian population are China (1.8 ), India (1.5 ) and Vietnam (0.9 ).3 Many of these overseasborn individuals will, at some stage, travel to their country of origin to visit friends and relatives. Such travellers are known as `VFR? (visiting friends and relatives) travellers, and they comprise 25-40 of all international travellers.4 Several different definitions of VFR travellers exist, but for the purposes of this article, `VFR? refers to people who are travelling from a developed country such as Australia to their country of origin in a developing country for the purpose
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21 - 28
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Doctor
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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