Adjustment after Migration: A longitudinal study of the by J. Ex (auth.)

By J. Ex (auth.)

People are usually not so firmly rooted as they was. The higher frequency, not less than within the Western global, with which individuals movement condominium might be noticeable from the facts. Many migrate voluntarily, or below compulsion, to accumulate new existences in different components of the rustic or in different components of the realm. the issues which face people who find themselves obliged to settle in different places became issues of nationwide and foreign political significance. of modern years they've got additionally develop into the topics of sociological and socio-psychological learn. The mental examine of which this ebook provides an account came about between households who a few years in the past emigrated from what was once then referred to as the Dutch East Indies to the Netherlands. Dutch is the language spoken from their adolescence. Born and bred in one other a part of the realm they embarked in teams to the Nether­ lands, which they'd by no means noticeable prior to, whilst the rustic they lived in grew to become autonomous. without doubt they'd a bright picture of the Netherlands. It was once the mum state; they'd heard greatly approximately it through the easy schooling that they had acquired. They have been familiar with it via photos and during the touch, even though superficial, with representatives of the ruling state. the army provider which had performed such a big half within the lives of the male adults had made them believe sure up with the rustic of the home of Orange.

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Am I going to make ends meet? It will be difficult in a place of our own, especially to begin with. " "All that care and trouble to make pay spin out till the end of the week! " EVALUATION OF THE NEW WAY OF LIFE 37 The fact that only a fairly small percentage of the refugees expressed longing for a private dwelling or, in other words, dissatisfaction with the circumscribed life in a boarding house, may presumably be grounded in the fear, shared by many, that they would not be able to make ends meet with the available wages if they themselves had to cover the entire cost of the housekeeping.

EVALUATION OF THE NEW WAY OF LIFE 47 Many were so put out by this switch of circumstances, that they could not find it in themselves to accept the offer of the Dutch porter. Those that did, often gave exeptionally high tips, according to Dutch standards, in return for this service. As a third reason for the friendliness and helpfulness of the Dutch so frequently alluded to in Phase I, they pointed to a factor already discussed by us, namely that they had been agreeably surprised by the comparatively less haughty attitude of the Dutchman in Holland which was especially marked 'by force of contrast' in the first phase.

2. INTEGRATION IN A SOCIAL COMMUNICATIVE PATTERN Contact with members of the family, friends and acquaintances Table 3 lists the causes, given by the refugees themselves, for their not feeling at home in the Netherlands. 'Contact with others' given as a cause, appears to have the highest percentage, regardless of which phase is considered. For Phases II, III and IV the values were 50%, 53% and 70% respectively. , those who missed contact with relatives, friends and acquaintances in the land they had fled, and those who felt they had insufficient contact with people in the country that had received them.

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