Health needs of deported U.S. military veterans in Tijuana, Mexico

Military service is promoted across the U.S. as a means of accessing education, health care and employment opportunities, making it appealing to minority and low-income populations.

Non-citizens who have served in the military are eligible for expedited citizenship, but the process of obtaining citizenship following military service does not occur automatically, leaving veterans who breach criminal or immigration law vulnerable to deportation.

Deported migrants are commonly socially and economically marginalised and vulnerable to poor health; deported military veterans may be at even higher risk due to service-related health conditions and difficulties transitioning from military to civilian life.

This study uses qualitative methods to examine the health status and health needs of deported U.S. military veterans in Tijuana, Mexico.


July 2016 – December 2017


Dr Peter Davidson, University of California San Diego; Dr Ietza Bojorquez, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Dr Richard Armenta, University of California San Diego


University of California San Diego Global Health Institute

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Danielle Horyniak

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow