Uprooted in Place: Third Culture Kids and Migrant Movement Implications
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This paper explores the correlation and differences between migrant groups and Third Culture Kids (TCKs) to determine the impact of moving countries on mental health and the concepts of belonging, tradition, memory and transition. The goals of this study were to explore the statistical implications and changes to immigration laws in Canada between 1950 and 1990; to understand the experiences of the Italian, Portuguese and Chinses migrants who moved to Toronto during the selected timeframe; to determine mental health outcomes of migrants upon settling in Canada during the chosen period and TCKs upon repatriation to their home country. This study uses an autoethnographic approach at times to convey personal narratives. A mixed method approach was taken while grey literature and peer reviewed literature were used to investigate how moving impacted the two groups. The results reveal legal changes impacted the statistics of migrant groups arriving to Canada between 1950 and 1990. Mental health challenges were present in both groups but TCKs found the transition more challenging due to an absence of affiliation with a singular cultural. Both groups referred to the concepts of belonging, tradition, memory and transition. The methods and findings of this thesis are transferable to further studies on other time periods or migrant communities.
Appelbe, E. (2021). Uprooted in Place: Third Culture Kids and Migrant Movement Implications. Thesis.