The Lived Experience of Recent Iranian Graduate Student Immigrants in the United States
by Afarin Rajaei, Mohammad Naseh Nasrollahi Shahri and Jakob F. Jensen
Approximately 1.5 million Iranians currently live in the United States with most immigrating for cultural, social, political, and economic reasons. Consequently, researchers, health care providers, and policymakers often struggle to provide support specifically tailored to Iranian men and women following immigration. To mitigate these concerns, the current qualitative study considered the following question: In what ways do Iranian graduate student immigrants in the US see their lives as immigrants in the US and how do these perceptions intersect with gender? This narrative analysis among fifty Iranian graduate student immigrants, men and women, showed Iranian women experience more freedom and greater empowerment than men upon immigrating to the US, and this study discusses the implications of these trends.
Keywords: Foreign students, Iranian students, Narrative Analysis, Immigration and gender identity