Challenges in Lifestyle Migration Research: Reflections and Findings about the Spanish Crisis

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Title: Challenges in Lifestyle Migration Research: Reflections and Findings about the Spanish Crisis
Authors: Huete, Raquel | Mantecón, Alejandro | Estévez, Jesús F.
Research Group/s: Planificación y Gestión Sostenible del Turismo | Población, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (POMADE) | Programa de Investigación Integral en Pensamiento Sociológico y Ciencia
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología I | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigaciones Turísticas
Keywords: Lifestyle migration | Sociology | Return migration | British in Spain | Economic recession
Knowledge Area: Sociología
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2013
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Mobilities. 2013, 8(3): 331-348. doi:10.1080/17450101.2013.814236
Abstract: The lifestyle migration conceptual framework is based on the motivation for moving reported by the migrants themselves. We discuss the operability of this approach, which is built on the subjective assessments of individuals. It diminishes the actual importance of economic factors and has an underlying ideological element associated with the categorisation of people according to their nationality. A comparative analysis of residential variations by nationalities between 2005 and 2010 in Alicante (Spain) shows that, when faced with the economic crisis, the so-called lifestyle migrants are changing their mobility patterns in a way similar to the rest of the migrants. This calls into question the adequacy of juxtaposing lifestyle and labour migration. Both theory and research show that this duality, instead of clarifying applied research, makes it more difficult. We argue that the lifestyle migration framework is inadequate to study changes in mobility patterns, particularly when using a quantitative approach.
Sponsor: This research was supported by a Valencian Government Emerging Research Groups Grant (2011-GV-037).
ISSN: 1745-0101 (Print) | 1745-011X (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2013.814236
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Peer Review: si
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