Searching for Joy: The Importance of Leisure in Newcomer Settlement

  • Lisa QuirkeEmail author


This article reviews the literature on newcomer leisure, settlement and information behaviour. It highlights the interrelated nature of these three concepts and proposes a conceptual framework for the study of leisure and information across settlement. The article notes that leisure is a revealing lens through which the process of settlement can be better understood and draws on research from the fields of leisure studies, information studies and migration studies to support this idea. This article presents new insights for researchers and policymakers by outlining the potential role of leisure activities in bolstering mental health and the building of social capital by newcomers.


Settlement Leisure Recreation Social capital Information 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of InformationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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