Settlement and Housing Experiences of Latin American Immigrants in Mid-sized Cities in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada

Authors: Carlos Teixeira*, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Hugo De Burgos, University of British Columbia
Topics: Ethnic Geography, Urban Geography, Immigration/Transnationalism
Keywords: Latin American Immigrants, settlement, housing, mid-sized cities, Canada
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8229, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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In Canada, Latin American immigrants are a relatively recent population who have settled over several decades (particularly since the early 1970s). They are very diverse in their national origins, emigrate for different reasons (e.g., from political to economic ones), and are rapidly growing in some cities/regions of Canada (Ontario/Toronto, Quebec/Montreal and BC/Vancouver) including in small and mid-sized cities. Latin American immigrants are also a population at a significant disadvantage, since they occupy low-paying jobs, have low homeownership levels, and high rates of poverty.
In this context however, it is unknown to what extent these settlement challenges change over time. We also know relatively little about Latin American immigrants' access to community services and how that may influence their overall settlement outcomes more generally and housing experiences more particularly. This paper examines the settlement and housing experiences of Latin American immigrants in the interior of British Columbia (City of Kelowna) through an analysis of their settlement experiences, housing search processes, and ultimate outcomes.

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