The Settlement and Social Inclusion of Immigrant Youth in New Zealand

By Amritha Sobrun-Maharaj, Samson Tse, Ekramul Hoque and Fiona Rossen.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The immigrant population of Aotearoa New Zealand has increased significantly over recent years. This rise in ethnic minority populations, especially from non-English speaking countries, has significant social implications for the country. Anecdotal and empirical evidence in New Zealand show that many immigrant youth are not socially included, and that this compromises their ability to settle successfully in New Zealand.
This study investigates the settlement and social inclusion of immigrant youth in New Zealand. It investigates the significant factors that act as barriers to their settlement and social inclusion. The study gathers data through face to face and telephone interviews from key informants who are service providers and experts in six cities in New Zealand. Data is analysed using an inductive approach to produce primarily qualitative data which identifies key themes and issues for different age groups, genders, migrant and refugee groups. It supplements this data with some quantitative data on frequency, duration and intensity.
Findings reveal that most immigrant youth generally do not feel well settled and socially included in New Zealand, and that some may suffer psychological and social consequences due to this.

Keywords: Immigrant Youth, Settlement, Social Inclusion

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 7, pp.97-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.201MB).

Dr. Amritha Sobrun-Maharaj

Senior Research Fellow and Project Coordinator, Social and Community Health, , School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Amritha Sobrun-Maharaj, PhD, MEd (NZ), BA, BEd, LSED (SA), is currently Doctor of Psychology in the Section of Social and Community Health, within the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of South Africa, and her Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Massey University in New Zealand. She has taught research methods in Education and now researches in the field of social psychology. Her interest lies in the areas of acculturation, identity, interethnic and intercultural relations. Her research focuses on the impact of social dynamics on the mental and physical wellbeing of both immigrants and host communities. Apart from engaging in academic presentations and publications, she sits on the Board of the Auckland Regional Migrant Services and on the Strategic Leadership Group that advises Government on settlement issues.

Samson Tse

Associate Professor, Social & Community Health Section, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical Heath Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Samson Tse, PhD, is Associate Professor of Social and Community Health in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland.

Dr. Ekramul Hoque

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Ekramul Hoque, PhD, MBCHB, is an epidemiologist in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland.

Dr. Fiona Rossen

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Fiona Rossen, PhD, is a senior research fellow in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland.

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