MA Research Paper


Master of Arts




Dr. Michael Haan

Delay of Publication



The subjective life satisfaction of individuals reveals valuable information about the overall well-being of a society. Furthermore, the large prevalence of international migration has led to the importance of studying the life satisfaction of immigrants within host-countries, including Canada. This study uses secondary data from the 2013 Canadian General Social Survey, Cycle 27, to assess the life satisfaction of immigrants in Canada in comparison to Canadian-born individuals, and to determine if immigrants’ year of arrival has a significant impact on their life satisfaction. Using bivariate and multivariate statistical models, the results reveal that the life satisfaction of immigrants does not significantly differ from the Canadian-born population, and that year of arrival has no significant effect on immigrants’ life satisfaction. Income, however, seems to be a more important determinant of immigrants’ life satisfaction in Canada.

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