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Table 1 Person-wave observationsa according to individual characteristics at baseline by migrant origin (2004–2015)

From: Differences in the health transition patterns of migrants and non-migrants aged 50 and older in southern and western Europe (2004–2015)

  Non-migrants Western migrants Non-western migrants
N % N % N %
Sex
 Male 53,353 45.8 3267* 42.8* 1482* 50.0*
 Female 63,184 54.2 4370* 57.2* 1480* 50.0*
Age, years
 50–54 24,258 20.8 1590 20.8 1052* 35.5*
 55–59 22,012 18.9 1336* 17.5* 635* 21.4*
 60–64 20,125 17.3 1344 17.6 465 15.7
 65–69 16,994 14.6 1202* 15.7* 345* 11.6*
 70–74 13,860 11.9 911 11.9 223* 7.5*
 75–79 10,070 8.6 655 8.6 137* 4.6*
 80–84 5875 5.0 409 5.4 75* 2.5*
 85+ 3343 2.9 190 2.5 30* 1.0*
Length of residence (years)
 0–9 0 0.0 450 5.9 191 6.5
 10+ 116,537 100.0 7172 94.1 2763 93.5
Marital status
 Married 85,089 73.1 5353* 70.1* 2095* 70.8*
 Separated 10,092 8.7 898* 11.8* 406* 13.7*
 Single 7010 6.0 396* 5.2* 173 5.8
 Widowed 14,285 12.3 989 13.0 287* 9.7*
Education
 Primary or lower 32,385 27.8 1385* 18.2* 894* 30.3*
 Secondary 55,767 47.9 3467* 45.4* 1100* 37.3*
 Higher 27,773 23.8 2614* 34.3* 879* 29.8*
 Other 536 0.5 163* 2.1* 74* 2.5*
Job status
 Retired 54,888 47.4 3664 48.3 874* 29.7*
 Active 37,019 31.9 2412 31.8 1124* 38.3*
 Unemployed or inactive 22,472 19.4 1418 18.7 872* 29.7*
 Other 1537 1.3 89 1.2 68* 2.3*
BMI
 Underweight 1365 1.2 123* 1.6* 37 1.3
 Normal weight 45,393 39.8 2897 38.6 1213 42.0
 Overweight 47,382 41.6 3198 42.6 1107* 38.3*
 Obese 19,807 17.4 1281 17.1 530 18.4
Ever smoked
 No 60,766 52.3 3929 51.7 1656* 56.1*
 Yes 55,433 47.7 3671 48.3 1294* 43.9*
Vigorous activities
 More than once a week 43,078 37.1 2851 37.5 936* 31.8*
 Once a week 15,866 13.7 1022 13.5 345* 11.7*
 One to three times a month 9538 8.2 540* 7.1* 200* 6.8*
 Hardly ever or never 47,700 41.1 3185 41.9 1466* 49.7*
Moderate activities
 More than once a week 83,372 71.8 5578* 73.4* 1909* 64.7*
 Once a week 14,959 12.9 925 12.2 466* 15.8*
 One to three times a month 5806 5.0 356 4.7 153 5.2
 Hardly ever or never 12,053 10.4 739 9.7 423* 14.3*
TOTAL 116,537   7637   2962  
  1. Source: Own calculations based on data from respondents aged 50 and older in 10 southern and western European countries in SHARE (2004–2015)
  2. *Proportion statistically significantly different from that of non-migrants (p < 0.05), except for length of residence (difference between western and non-western migrants)
  3. aThese observations pertain to the sample used in the analysis of self-rated health transitions (see methods section for information on the various samples). The comparison of the background characteristics of the person-wave observations of migrants and non-migrants in the samples used in the analyses of depression and diabetes followed the same pattern