Immigration, Social Support, and Well-Being: A Case Study of Immigrants in Hong Kong

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This chapter begins with a review of the concept of social support from the structural, functional, and perceptual perspectives. Then, it examines the role of social support in immigrants’ adaptation to life in Hong Kong. Specifically, the focus is on two subordinate immigrant groups: new immigrants from mainland China and migrant workers from low-income countries. The major acculturation challenge for new immigrants is social integration, and that for migrant workers is workplace hardships, including exploitation and abuse. A comparison of the two communities’ migration difficulties and the importance of social support in maintaining their well-being is discussed in closing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Health Communication for Immigrants and Refugees
Subtitle of host publicationCases, Theories, and Strategies
EditorsDo Kyun David Kim, Gary L. Kreps
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781003230243
ISBN (Print)9781032132358, 9781032136370
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Health Communication

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication


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