Young Baltic graduates living and working in London: from peripheral region to escalator region in Europe

King, Russell, Lulle, Aija, Parutis, Violetta and Saar, Maarja (2015) Young Baltic graduates living and working in London: from peripheral region to escalator region in Europe. Working Paper. University of Sussex, Brighton.

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Abstract

This paper examines recent migration from three little-studied EU countries, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, focusing on young, early-career graduates who move to London. It looks at how these young migrants explain the reasons for their move, their work and living experiences in London, and their plans for the future, based on 78 interviews with individual migrants. The wide-ranging theoretical context draws on notions of core-periphery, youth transitions, ‘easy’ transnationalism, ‘liquid’ migration, and London as an ‘escalator’ region for career development. Also relevant in shaping these migration flows are EU accession in 2004 and the recent financial crisis. Findings indicate that these highly educated young adults from the EU’s north-eastern periphery migrate for a combination of economic, career, lifestyle and personal-development reasons. They are ambivalent about their futures and when, and whether, they will return-migrate.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Additional Information: Working paper no. 82
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 14:16
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 14:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68060

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