Settlement Experiences of Recently Arrived Senior Immigrants

Nancy Mandell, Julia Hemphill, Jana Borras, & Janice Phonepraseuth
Description / Summary

Based on qualitative data gathered from three constituencies – key informants in the settlement sector, settlement service providers, and recently arrived senior immigrants – the authors find that newcomer seniors encounter a distinct set of struggles stemming from economic insecurity, lack of language proficiency, diminished health status, a high degree of social isolation, feelings of social exclusion, and intergenerational challenges related to multigenerational living arrangements. Two factors play a pivotal role in enabling their settlement: the multiple range of services offered by settlement agencies and the essential but often unacknowledged support and guidance provided by families and communities.