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Lifestyle migration to the North: Dutch families and the decision to move to rural Sweden
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (CUReS)
2015 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 68-85Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Lifestyle migration is part of an ongoing quest for a better way of life. More or less affluent migrants moving to a destination with a perceived better climate are studied in the context of social rather than economic motivations. This paper focuses on Dutch families and their decision to move to the rural municipality of Hällefors in the Bergslagen area, Sweden. Such a Nordic destination, actively attracting migrants, has not previously been investigated in the context of lifestyle migration. The purpose of the paper is to examine what factors contribute to the decision to move. The research questions are the following: what are the socio-demographic characteristics of the migrating families? What meanings do the migrants attach to their work environments and places of residence prior to moving? What motivations and expectations have shaped the decision to move? These questions are addressed through an interview study. Results show that the adult family members were mainly born in the late 1950s or in the 1960s. The children were born in the 1990s and early 21st century. According to most respondents, effects of overpopulation and rapid urbanisation, both felt on the work floor and in the living environment, became a serious trigger to leave the Netherlands. Differences between the families consider the character of occupations (within or outside the creative industries) and the length of the decision process. In contrast to some other lifestyle migrant populations, families in this study considered returning as part of their ongoing quest.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2015. Vol. 21, no 1, p. 68-85
Keywords [en]
lifestyle migration; Dutch migration; rural Sweden; interview study; decision process
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30168DOI: 10.1002/psp.1807ISI: 000347706100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-30168DiVA, id: diva2:640099
Available from: 2013-08-12 Created: 2013-08-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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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
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Available from: 2013-09-09 Created: 2013-09-09 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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