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Opting out for Getting in: Existential Mobility in European Graduates’ Migration to Asia


Hof, Helena (2020). Opting out for Getting in: Existential Mobility in European Graduates’ Migration to Asia. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 18(3):286-299.

Abstract

This article examines young Europeans’ emigration from Europe. Qualitative interviews with mostly white Europeans in Singapore and Tokyo reveal how these young migrants’ motility, or “potential to move”, enables them to migrate through largely overlooked channels. Fear of immobility in Europe triggers these highly-educated Europeans’ existential and physical mobility to Asia where they compete with host-country nationals and non-white migrants for jobs. Categorization into three types of access to employment unpacks the complexity behind graduates’ mobility trajectories out of the European labor market and demonstrates their rising precariousness in post-Lehman shock Europe and their changing bargaining power in the world.

Abstract

This article examines young Europeans’ emigration from Europe. Qualitative interviews with mostly white Europeans in Singapore and Tokyo reveal how these young migrants’ motility, or “potential to move”, enables them to migrate through largely overlooked channels. Fear of immobility in Europe triggers these highly-educated Europeans’ existential and physical mobility to Asia where they compete with host-country nationals and non-white migrants for jobs. Categorization into three types of access to employment unpacks the complexity behind graduates’ mobility trajectories out of the European labor market and demonstrates their rising precariousness in post-Lehman shock Europe and their changing bargaining power in the world.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
360 Social problems & social services
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Demography
Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Uncontrolled Keywords:Geography, Planning and Development, Health(social science), Demography
Language:English
Date:2 July 2020
Deposited On:27 Nov 2020 08:34
Last Modified:28 Feb 2021 08:13
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1556-2956
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2020.1755761

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