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From peripheral region to escalator region in Europe: Young Baltic graduates in London
University of Sussex, Brighton, England.
University of Sussex, Brighton, England.
University of Essex, Colchester, England.
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4823-3551
2018 (English)In: European Urban and Regional Studies, ISSN 0969-7764, E-ISSN 1461-7145, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 284-299Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines recent migration from three little-studied European Union (EU) countries, the Baltic states, focusing on 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. A key objective of this paper is to rejuvenate the core-periphery structural framework through the theoretical lens of London as an escalator' region for career development. We add a necessary nuance on how the time dimension is crucial in understanding how an escalator region functions - both in terms of macro-events such as EU enlargement or economic crisis, and for life-course events such as career advancement or family formation. Our findings indicate that these 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.

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2018. Vol. 25, no 3, p. 284-299
Keywords [en]
Baltic states, core-periphery, escalator region, highly educated migrants, London, transnationalism
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Human Geography
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36137DOI: 10.1177/0969776417702690ISI: 000439592500005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85040104341OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-36137DiVA, id: diva2:1242542
Available from: 2018-08-28 Created: 2018-08-28 Last updated: 2018-11-14Bibliographically approved

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