Chinese immigrants studying and working in Sweden -A Push-Pull analysis of their motivation and experiences

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för socialt arbete

Abstract: This is a qualitative research study, which aims to explore why Chinese studentschoose to study and work in Sweden and find out what “Pushes” them from Chinaand what “Pulls” them to study and work in Sweden. The “Push – Pull” model wasused to analyze the data. A face-to-face interview was conducted with six respondentswho have both studied and worked in Sweden.The results show that there are four main motives influencing Chinese students whoto study abroad; personal, academic, economic and social/cultural once. Their mostcommon experiences during their study period were foreign language anxiety,different educational system, adapting to a new life and loneliness.The motives behind staying in Sweden and work were personal, professional,economical and environmental. Experiences they wanted to highlight from this were:guaranteed breaks, good relations with colleagues, equal treatment for all employeesand the Swedish language barrier.Some other findings, not really expected, were that my respondents’ had been moreinterested in fulfilling their own desires of studying abroad and less influenced by theopinion of their parents. Their motivation for studying abroad had also changed; thestudents had begun to take environmental factors into account in their decision tostudy abroad. The study is finished with a list of some advices for helping Chinesestudents who want to study and work abroad.

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