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From peripheral region to escalator region in Europe: young Baltic graduates in London

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posted on 30.10.2018, 10:45 by Russell King, Aija LulleAija Lulle, Violetta Parutis, Maarja Saar
This paper examines recent migration from three little-studied 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.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

European Urban and Regional Studies

Volume

25

Issue

3

Pages

284 - 299

Citation

KING, R. ... et al, 2018. From peripheral region to escalator region in Europe: Young Baltic graduates in London. European Urban and Regional Studies, 25 (3), pp.284-299

Publisher

Sage (© The Authors)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

05/01/2017

Publication date

2018

ISSN

0969-7764

eISSN

1461-7145

Language

en