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Positive changes and appreciation of life among economic immigrants in Scotland.

Bak-Klimek, Anna; Karatzias, Thanos; Elliott, Lawrie; Dickson, Adele; MacLean, Rory


Lawrie Elliott

Adele Dickson


Objectives: Existing qualitative studies focussed predominantly on exploring immigrants’ stress, distress and coping aimed at reducing stress. Little attention has been paid to immigrants’ psychological growth or positive life changes. In the present study the impact of post-migration experiences on well-being among economic immigrants has been explored.
Design: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of 17 immigrants. Transcripts were analysed by a deductive and inductive thematic analysis.
Results: All immigrants reported positive life changes as a result of migration. Experiences related to migration helped immigrants rebuild their sense of self-worth and find ‘mental peace’ after living a demanding and burdensome life in Poland. Immigrants’ accounts also suggested that their thinking and behaviour patterns may be shaped by their cultural values and socio-economic background.
Conclusion: Overall, the study indicates that migration is not merely a stressful life event but can have a positive impact on many aspects of immigrants’ lives and may provide opportunities for personal growth

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 25, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 23, 2019
Publication Date 2020-03
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 24, 2020
Journal Journal of International Migration and Integration
Print ISSN 1488-3473
Electronic ISSN 1874-6365
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Article Number 57-76
Keywords migration; well-being; psychological growth; positive life changes
Public URL
Contract Date Apr 1, 2019


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