Changes in hope during skilled worker immigrants’ early settlement in Canada

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    Okoye, Lisa
  • Skilled worker immigrants can encounter many challenges as they settle in Canada. For individuals facing adversity, hope often helps in facing and overcoming difficulties (Edey & Jevne, 2003). The purpose of this study was to explore how the hope of skilled worker immigrants changed during their settlement process. Basic qualitative research (Merriam, 2009) informed the study design. Based on thematic analysis of interviews with four skilled worker immigrants, four meta-themes, referred to as phases, emerged. The findings are represented by these four broad phases, the last phase of which has two alternatives: (1) Arriving with High Hopes and Expectations, (2) Experiences Challenge Hope, (3) Crossroads: Hope or Hopelessness, and (4A) Getting Stuck in Anger and Sadness or (4B) Choosing Hope and Finding Strength. All participants regained their hope, which appeared closely related to their successful settlement and functioning. The implications of this research for counselling and policy are discussed.

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    Master of Education
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