Emigrating with a partner is harder than doing it alone.

Published:  1 Feb at 6 PM
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Couples moving to New Zealand often have an unequal desire to emigrate, reveals a recent study be the Victoria University of Wellington.

Researcher Aidan Tabor from the University’s Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research interviewed 95 UK residents who were about to emigrate to New Zealand, reports the website Scoop.

The findings revealed that about a third of the people were either a ‘driver’ – the one in the couple who actually wants to make the move, or a ‘trailer’ – the one who is less willing but is going along with it for whatever reason. The researchers believe that this disparity can be bad for psychological health.

Ms Tabor’s research was published in the International Journal of Psychology recently, and is one of the first to explore the experiences of migrants before they move country. Other findings from the study show that ‘drivers’ feel more stress, and ‘trailers’ less wellbeing than couples who come and are equally enthusiastic about the move, or than single people that emigrate on their own.

Ms Tabor said that emigration involves logistical, emotional and financial challenges, and that while spouses normally provide support during times that are stressful, ‘drivers’ often feel they do not get this treatment when it comes to emigration.
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