Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Abstract

Whether and how immigrants are included in the host society has become a hot topic in the context of globalization. How inclusive a society is for immigrants can be answered by comparing the inclusion of immigrants to near-culture host society and those to a different-culture society. This paper reports the social inclusion and their correlation with health conditions among Chinese immigrants in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Two non-probability sample surveys were conducted using the Social and Communities Opportunities Profile and its Chinese version as survey instruments. Altogether 56 new arrivals in Hong Kong and 51 immigrants in UK were recruited through NGOs to participate in face-to-face individual interviews. Both Hong Kong and UK participants reported high overall social inclusion. The two sub-samples shared many similarities in the perceived opportunities and satisfaction of opportunities in various social domains. There was evidence that immigrants in a host society with similar language demonstrated higher perceived satisfaction with opportunities in contact with friends and family, as well as higher perceived opportunities for community involvement than immigrants in a society with a different language. However, overall social inclusion appeared to be independent of one’s health conditions.

Publication Year

2016

Journal Title

Social Indicators Research

Volume number

126

Issue number

2

Publisher

Springer

First Page (page number)

657

Last Page (page number)

672

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1007/s11205-015-0910-0

Comments

The final publication is available at link.springer.com.

© 2015, Springer. View original published version at the Document URL.

ISSN (print)

03038300

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11205-015-0910-0

Keywords

Immigration policy, Cross-cultural study, Health conditions, Discrimination, Need assessment

Available for download on Saturday, April 01, 2017

Included in

Sociology Commons

Share

COinS