Staying or returning

Pre-migration influences on the migration process of German migrants to New Zealand

Petra T. Bürgelt, Mandy Morgan, Regina Pernice

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Abstract

Changes in migrants' backgrounds and societies sending and receiving migrants might increase adaptation issues and reduce retention. To enhance migrants' well-being/health and their likelihood of staying it is necessary to gain an understanding of psychological and social factors that contribute to resilience and adaptation. This paper presents findings from a qualitative study that investigated the experiences, interpretations and actions of German migrant couples to New Zealand throughout the whole migration process to identify these factors. In depth, episodic interviews were conducted with four couples who decided to stay in New Zealand and four couples who decided to return to Germany. Interview data were complemented with participant observation. This paper provides insights into how the pre-migration experiences, interpretations and actions of German migrants to New Zealand influenced their establishment, their interpretations and actions and consequently adaptation, well-being/health and the decision whether to stay in New Zealand or to return to Germany. The findings illuminate the influence of psychological and social factors on migration experiences, interpretations and actions throughout the migration process. The paper offers some solutions for addressing the identified barriers to successful migration and integration into host societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-298
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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In: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2008, p. 282-298.

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