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Migrant personality

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Migrant personality refers to specific traits, values, and a set of motives that characterize the personality of people who desire to immigrate versus people who are willing to stay in their native country. Those who want to resettle in another country tend to be more work-oriented and have higher achievement and power motivation but lower affiliation motivation and family centrality.


Boneva, Bonka S. and Irene Hanson Frieze. “Toward a Concept of a Migrant Personality.” Journal of Social Issues, Volume 57, Issue 3, pages 477–491, Fall 2001. Online: (Retrieved on August 7, 2014)

Bylsma, Lisa and Sophie C. Yohani, “Immigrants in Canada.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.269.

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