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Chinese Immigrants in Vancouver: Quo Vadis?

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  • Guo, Shibao

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    (University of Calgary)

  • DeVoretz, Don J.

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    (Simon Fraser University)

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    This paper reports findings from a Vancouver study which examines the settlement and adaptation experience of Chinese immigrants in Vancouver. The study reveals that non-economic reasons, such as the environment, education and citizenship, constituted the primary motivations for Chinese immigrants to move to Canada. Employment and language facilities were the most frequently cited barriers inhibiting their integration into the Vancouver social and economic spheres. Their poor economic performances coupled with the devaluation of both their acquired Chinese education qualifications and labour market experience have hindered integration and increased dissatisfaction with their lives in Canada. Given the logic of our posited triangular migration model we argue that this dissatisfaction will encourage Chinese emigration from Vancouver.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2340.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2006
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    Publication status: published in: Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2006, 7 (4), 425-447
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2340

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    Keywords: triangle theory; integration; emigration; Chinese immigrants;

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    1. George J. Borjas & Bernt Bratsberg, 1994. "Who Leaves? The Outmigration of the Foreign-Born," NBER Working Papers, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc 4913, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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