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Living Arrangements and Residential Overcrowding: The Situation of Older Immigrants in Canada, 1991


  • Basavarajappa, K.G.


Older immigrants arriving in Canada are not eligible for government transfer payments or welfare benefits for up to 10 years. Consequently, many of them choose to live with their relatives or sponsors in crowded three or more generation households. Cultural preferences also influence this tendency. The propensity for immigrant groups from developing regions to live in three or more generation households ranges up to 18 times those of their Canadian-born and the immigrant counterparts from the developed regions. The average income, percent receiving Old Age Security payments, percent widowed and duration of residence in Canada are significantly associated with proportions of immigrants living in such arrangements, and explain about 84% of birthplace variation for males and 81% for females.

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  • Basavarajappa, K.G., 1998. "Living Arrangements and Residential Overcrowding: The Situation of Older Immigrants in Canada, 1991," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 1998115e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  • Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:1998115e

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    1. Axel Borsch-Supan & Laurence J. Kotlikoff & John N. Morris, 1988. "The Dynamics of Living Arrangements of the Elderly," NBER Working Papers 2787, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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