Dreaming of Sweden as a Space of Well-Being : Lifestyle Migration Among Young Latvians and Romanians

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Dreaming of Sweden as a Space of Well-Being : Lifestyle Migration Among Young Latvians and Romanians
Author Emilsson, Henrik ; Adolfsson, Caroline
Research Centre Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM)
Date 2019
English abstract
Based on 41 semi-structured interviews with young Latvians and Romanians in Malmö, Sweden, this article explores why Europeans from new European Union (EU) member states want to move to, and stay in, Sweden despite economic difficulties and underemployment. Six main factors for explaining mobility patterns are highlighted: free university education, romantic relationships, cosmopolitan lifestyle, presence of English language, idealisation of Sweden and work–life balance. We read these factors as ideas and aspirations of well-being in the ‘imagined space’ of Sweden. The findings illustrate that many young migrants do not chose to move to Sweden for short-term economic opportunities, but rather to experience a different lifestyle. In most cases, these expectations are met, although over time.
DOI https://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2019-0017 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Link https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/njmr/9/2/article-p201.xml .Icon
Publisher De Gruyter
Host/Issue Nordic Journal of Migration Research;2
Volume 9
ISSN 1799-649X
Language eng (iso)
Subject Youth mobility
lifestyle migration
EU mobility
Sweden
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29790 Permalink to this page
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