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Dreaming of Sweden as a Space of Well-Being: Lifestyle Migration Among Young Latvians and Romanians
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4377-0772
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, E-ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 201-219Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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De Gruyter Open, 2019. Vol. 9, no 2, p. 201-219
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Youth mobility, lifestyle migration, EU mobility, Sweden
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1436DOI: 10.2478/njmr-2019-0017ISI: 000475856900004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85104782722Local ID: 29790OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-1436DiVA, id: diva2:1398164
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2024-02-06Bibliographically approved

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