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Socialworkmag 2016, 5(1): 34-40 Back to browse issues page
Afghan Immigrant Women's Food Security in Farahzad and Shahrerey
Masoomeh Maarefvand1, Seyyede Zohreh Morshedi2
1- University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences , arammaref@gmail.com
2- University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences
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Introduction: Despite the Afghan immigrant longstanding presence in Iran, they remain excluded from key aspects of social, political and economic life in the country. Afghan immigrants are a potentially vulnerable group and women and children could be at risk of food insecurity. 

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the prevalence of food insecurity among Afghan immigrant women in Farahzad and Shahrerey. 150 Afghan immigrant women who were registered in four non-governmental organizations participated in the study and filled out the Radimer-Cornell food insecurity questionnaire. The Mann–Whitney U and Kruskal Wallis test were used to analyze data. 
Results: More than 84% of participants were suffering from food insecurity. They reported food insecurity in subscales of household (96%), adult (93%) and child (84.7%). Food insecurity was significantly more prevalent among female-headed households, women who were illiterate and those with illegal residential status.
Conclusions: Although participants in this study had been served by NGOs, the prevalence of food insecurity was relatively high. Policy makers need to consider the food access programs regardless of the legality of Afghan women's immigration. 

Keywords: Women, Food Security, Immigrant, Afghan, Iran
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/11/12 | Accepted: 2016/11/30 | Published: 2016/12/26
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Maarefvand M, Morshedi S Z. Afghan Immigrant Women's Food Security in Farahzad and Shahrerey. Socialworkmag. 2016; 5 (1) :34-40
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