oru.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Exploring Dutch migration to rural Sweden: international counterurbanisation in the EU
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centrum för Urbana och Regionala Studier (CUReS))
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centrum för Urbana och Regionala Studier (CUReS))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6192-9997
Department of Social and Economic Geography, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, ISSN 0040-747X, E-ISSN 1467-9663, Vol. 103, no 3, p. 330-346Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores whether the concept of counterurbanisation, expanded with an international dimension, offers a valuable framework for understanding recent migration flows from the Netherlands to Sweden. Using a geo-referenced database comprising demographic and socio-economic variables, the post-migration employment status, employment sector and settlement location of Dutch migrants in Central Sweden are analysed. In addition, results from observation, interviews and a survey during emigration fairs are employed to describe the motives for migration from the Netherlands to Central Sweden. We argue that counterurbanisation is not an exhausted research topic, when international political, economic and socio-cultural factors are added to the study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Vol. 103, no 3, p. 330-346
Keywords [en]
international counterurbanisation, Central Sweden, database, interviews, Dutch migration
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-24185DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9663.2011.00696.xISI: 000305124000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-24185DiVA, id: diva2:542498
Available from: 2012-08-01 Created: 2012-08-01 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. There and back again?: Dutch lifestyle migrants moving to rural Sweden in the early 21st century.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>There and back again?: Dutch lifestyle migrants moving to rural Sweden in the early 21st century.
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis has a twofold aim. First, it studies motivations and decision processes of Dutch families moving to rural Sweden, with a focus on Hällefors municipality in the Bergslagen area. Second, it explores how this migration flow can be conceptualised within migration theory. The results of the study are presented in four papers.

The migrants’ characteristics are explored using variables from the Bergslagen Database. This is complemented with data from interviews with municipality officials, project leaders and Dutch families in rural Sweden.The theoretical framework consists of literature on counterurbanisation, the creative class thesis and lifestyle migration. The creative class thesis has inspired many rural place marketing projects and efforts to attract the ‘right type’ of people to stimulate rural development. Based on the interview study, I argue that lifestyle migration research offers most apt insights into the act of migration within the wider life trajectories of these Dutch families.

The thesis offers new empirical data that suggest amendments to be made to the academic definition of lifestyle migration. Additional contributions consider the novel geographic direction of the migration flow (northwards), the destination (a deprived area) and the structure framing the decision process; a local authority and its deliberate attempts to attract new residents from abroad. The findings suggest transcending four binaries. First, in the context of an integrating EU, the thesis adds international dimensions to the initial story of internal counterurbanisation. Second, these flexibly mobile families transcend and combine issues of urbanity and rurality through access- facilitating technology and cheap means of long distance transport. Third, this study reiterates the importance of production as a complement to consumption in lifestyle migration research. Finally, the thesis adds dynamic issues of transience to the static permanent-temporary binary of migration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2013. p. 101
Series
Örebro Studies in Human Geography ; 8
Keywords
lifestyle migration, international counterurbanisation, creative class, place marketing, Emigration Expo, Bergslagen Database, interview study, Dutch families, rural Sweden, 21st century
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30756 (URN)978-91-7668-968-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-11-08, Hörsal M, Musikhögskolan, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, 701 82 Örebro, 10:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2013-09-09 Created: 2013-09-09 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records BETA

Eimermann, MarcoLundmark, Mats

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Eimermann, MarcoLundmark, Mats
By organisation
School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
In the same journal
Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie
Human Geography

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 537 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf