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Mui, Kelvin Lee, 2020. The benefit of outdoor environments for international migrants facing migratory stressors : an examination of social and nature-based factors. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology

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There is an undeniable trend in international migration around the world, and this has only steadily increased in recent years. Those that choose to move away from their home countries face great opportunities, as well as challenges and it is these challenges that can pose a threat to some. The complex mix of emotions and mental challenges experienced by these international migrants can cause a particular type of stress unique to those that must adapt to a new culture and language. How do different people experience this problem? What are the ways people choose to face these challenges? In this qualitative study, five subjects who have moved from their home country are
interviewed about their experiences moving to a new country. The challenges they face are explored, as well as how they chose to meet those challenges. Four major themes are presented and analyzed in the results, then discussed in the context of relevant literature in the final section.
Although some migrant challenges and coping mechanisms are supported by current literature, the use of the outdoor environment was especially important for the majority of the subjects. Furthermore, past experiences in childhood in natural environments may have contributed to continued extensive use in their adult lives, affecting even their preferred choice of residence. This paper exposes the sparse research in this important field of international migration and the potential use of the outdoor environment to help this growing body of people.

Main title:The benefit of outdoor environments for international migrants facing migratory stressors
Subtitle:an examination of social and nature-based factors
Authors:Mui, Kelvin Lee
Supervisor:von Essen, Elisabeth
Examiner:Gyllin, Mats and Wales, Mark
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM007 Outdoor environments for health and well-being - Master's programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology
Keywords:outdoor environment, health and well being, international migrants, cultural adaptation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-16300
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-16300
Subjects:Rural sociology and social security
Nature conservation and land resources
Language:English
Deposited On:03 Dec 2020 07:31
Metadata Last Modified:04 Dec 2020 02:00

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