A Longitudinal Study of Migration and Health: Empirical Evidence from Thailand and its Implications

Using longitudinal data and analysis from 2005 to 2009, this study aims to examine the complex relationship between rural-urban migration and health in Thailand. Measured by Physical and Mental Component Summary Scales from the Short Form (SF-36) Health Survey, the physical and mental health of respondents was assessed and tracked over this five-year period with regard to migration status and relevant socio-demographic characteristics. A total of 2,397 individuals of prime migration age (between the ages of 15 and 29) in 2005 are included in this analysis.