Regrounding in a Foreign Land: The Resilience of Migrants
Tan Yun Min, Claire
Date of Issue2017-04-18
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
In a globalizing world of increasing migration flows, the resilience of migrants has become a more pertinent issue. The unique and complex circumstances migrants face has resulted in a growing interest in studying resilience specifically amongst migrants. This paper aims to synthesize the existing literature on resilience among migrants using a nuanced and critical approach. Migrants were found to face a myriad of challenges including acculturative stress, discrimination, access to education, healthcare issues, structural barriers, family conflict, poor working conditions and challenges with social networks. The protective factors that bolster against the negative effects of these included various coping strategies, social support, employer-related support, remaining connected to the original culture and religion. Ultimately, resilience is a dynamic process that requires a critical and culturally-sensitive lens to be understood holistically. With the burgeoning migrant population, it is crucial to provide a supportive environment for migrants to grow and thrive in.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University