Growing Up in a Context of Geographic Mobility: The Case of Recent Immigrant Youth in Quebec

Beyond the immigration status and the associated expectations, immigration is prone to heavily influence one’s life trajectory and to transform the relationships with family and friends, especially when transitioning to adulthood. Based on a processual approach – which allows to speak of social phenomena like youth and geographic mobility, as well as the notion of personal network, through time – this thesis aims at better understanding the impacts of geographic mobilities and social relations on this life moment. A qualitative longitudinal tracking was used for a comparative analysis of the data from the different rounds of interviews. In total, 41 young people aged between 21 and 35, with either a temporary permit (36) or permanent (5) and from the main regions of immigrants in Quebec are met in the first 9 months after their arrival, then 9 months later and then 18 months after the first meeting.

Stéphanie Atkin
Degree: Ph.D.
Status: In progress
Supervisor: Maria Eugenia Longo
Department and University: Urbanisation Culture et Société, Institut national de la recherche scientifique