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Onwards or homewards? Complex graduate migration pathways, wellbeing and the ‘parental safety net'

Onwards or homewards? Complex graduate migration pathways, wellbeing and the ‘parental safety net'
Onwards or homewards? Complex graduate migration pathways, wellbeing and the ‘parental safety net'
Pre-existing literatures on post-student migration have mainly focused on inter-regional flows of young educated migrants, the attendant redistribution of human capital around the UK, and the impact on local and regional economies. This paper argues that the parochial focus on labour-motivated graduate migration (usually to first employment), and the absence of data enabling individual migration histories to be traced longitudinally across the post-student phase of the lifecourse, has masked the complexity of the patterns and processes of migration in this social group. Drawing upon recently collected primary data from a retrospective survey of the migration histories of a cohort of students who left the University of Southampton (UK) between 2001-2007, this paper reveals that post-student migration trajectories are complex and precarious across the five year period after leaving university. During this prolonged period of instability the parental home (and parental support more generally) provides a crucial safety net, which begs questions about the impacts of post-student transitions to financial and residential independence on the resources and intergenerational care exchange frameworks of contemporary mid-life parents. It is suggested that the wellbeing agenda in migration studies is helpful for refocusing the lens of enquiry on the impacts of return migration to the parental home of graduate migrants, their families and the potential trade-offs that might occur between generations
1544-8444
738-755
Sage, Joanna
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Evandrou, Maria
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Falkingham, Jane
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Sage, Joanna
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Evandrou, Maria
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Falkingham, Jane
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Sage, Joanna, Evandrou, Maria and Falkingham, Jane (2013) Onwards or homewards? Complex graduate migration pathways, wellbeing and the ‘parental safety net'. Population, Space and Place, 19 (6), 738-755. (doi:10.1002/psp.1793).

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Pre-existing literatures on post-student migration have mainly focused on inter-regional flows of young educated migrants, the attendant redistribution of human capital around the UK, and the impact on local and regional economies. This paper argues that the parochial focus on labour-motivated graduate migration (usually to first employment), and the absence of data enabling individual migration histories to be traced longitudinally across the post-student phase of the lifecourse, has masked the complexity of the patterns and processes of migration in this social group. Drawing upon recently collected primary data from a retrospective survey of the migration histories of a cohort of students who left the University of Southampton (UK) between 2001-2007, this paper reveals that post-student migration trajectories are complex and precarious across the five year period after leaving university. During this prolonged period of instability the parental home (and parental support more generally) provides a crucial safety net, which begs questions about the impacts of post-student transitions to financial and residential independence on the resources and intergenerational care exchange frameworks of contemporary mid-life parents. It is suggested that the wellbeing agenda in migration studies is helpful for refocusing the lens of enquiry on the impacts of return migration to the parental home of graduate migrants, their families and the potential trade-offs that might occur between generations

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Published date: November 2013
Organisations: Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 349070
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/349070
ISSN: 1544-8444
PURE UUID: 7c2ce062-4042-4b9e-bb44-3b6e2c66821b
ORCID for Jane Falkingham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7135-5875

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Date deposited: 22 Feb 2013 10:25
Last modified: 16 Oct 2018 00:34

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