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Expatriation experiences of Chinese immigrants in New Zealand: factors contributing to adjustment of older immigrants

Christopher Selvarajah (Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University, PO Box 218, Hawthorn, Melbourne 3122, Australia)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

This seminal research investigates the adaptation experiences of elderly dependent Chinese immigrants who have come to New Zealand under the Family Reunion Category between 1994 and 1998. The study involved a group‐administered questionnaire to measure the various aspects of the adaptation experiences of 105 elderly dependent Chinese from China aged 50 years and over. The data set was subjected to ANOVA, Kruskal‐Wallis and Factor Analysis to analyse and establish relationships between variables. The results confirmed that there were five main factors that influence the living conditions of the elderly dependent Chinese immigrants in New Zealand. These were, in order of severity, communication in the English language, medical care, transportation, cost of living and interestingly relationships with other family members. The study also confirmed that age, length of time in New Zealand, and the need to stay in New Zealand permanently influenced the adaptability of the elderly Chinese immigrants in New Zealand.

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Selvarajah, C. (2004), "Expatriation experiences of Chinese immigrants in New Zealand: factors contributing to adjustment of older immigrants", Management Research News, Vol. 27 No. 8/9, pp. 26-45. https://doi.org/10.1108/01409170410784626

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