The living arrangements of older immigrants from the former Soviet Union: A comparison of Israel and the United States

Jeffrey A. Burr, Ariela Lowenstein, Jane L. Tavares, Caitlin Coyle, Jan E. Mutchler, Ruth Katz, Galina Khatutsky

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Abstract

With the unprecedented emigration from the former Soviet Union (FSU) during the 1990s as context, this study described the living arrangements of older FSU immigrants living in Israel and the US. Living arrangement choices represented an important strategy for coping with the migration process. Census data from Israel and the US were employed to examine the relationships among living arrangements (independent households, multigenerational households, and extended households) and personal characteristics, including duration of residence, Jewish identity, education, and home ownership. Results showed that the less time older immigrants lived in the host country, the more likely they lived in a multigenerational or extended household. The residency length and household relationship was stronger in Israel than in the US. Also, older FSU immigrants who owned their own home and who lived in a metropolitan area were more likely to live in a complex household than in an independent household. We discussed how the economic and social environments in each country contributed to the variability in living arrangement options among these older immigrants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-409
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Former Soviet Union
  • Immigrants
  • Israel
  • Living arrangements
  • Multigenerational households
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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