Immigration, Epidemic Mortality and Demographic Recovery | Dr Pierre Galanaud
Original Article Reference
This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘Mortality and demographic recovery in early post-black death epidemics: Role of recent emigrants in medieval Dijon’, published in the open access journal PLOS One (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226420) and the letter ‘Recent immigrants at increased pandemic risk’ published under open access in the journal Science (https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abd1098).
About this episode
Dr Pierre Galanaud, an immunologist from Paris-Saclay University and Inserm UMR 996, analysed historical tax records to investigate the impact of epidemics on recent emigrants who experienced the 15th century plagues in Dijon, France. His research highlights the vulnerability of emigrants with low economic status to epidemic-related mortality. More broadly, his work demonstrates the important role that migrants play in population growth and demographic recovery after an epidemic has taken place. These findings are of particular relevance given the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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