Life Quality of Russian Immigrants to Israel: Patterns of Success and of Unsuccess

Maya Benish-Weisman, Samuel Shye

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Two different perspectives on immigration outcomes are employed and interrelated: Overall assessments of the success in immigration and systemic quality of life assessments (using SQOL model, Shye in Soc Indic Res, 21:243-378, 1989). Data were collected from a sample of 337 immigrants to Israel from the former USSR. Results reveal that quality of life is a good indicator of perceived success in immigration and that, of the 16 SQOL components, the expressive and the conservative modes of the personality and of the social subsystems are the four most important SQOL components that determine successful immigration. The findings underscore the value of using a comprehensive theory-based conception of quality of life in immigration research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-479
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Immigration
  • Perceived success
  • The systemic quality of life model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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