10 October 2011An article by Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research member Dr Michaela Benson is one of the top five most highly cited articles to be published in the journal European Societies, the journal of the European Sociological Association. Her article, 'The context and trajectory of lifestyle migration: the case of the British residents of southwest France' stresses that it is important to consider the diversity of lifestyle migrant populations in terms of their positions in the life course, but also the social, economic and political contexts of their lives leading up to migration.
As she argues, individual circumstances and experiences of life in the UK influence the migrants' expectations of and practices within their lives following migration. By understanding the context of the migrants' lives before migration, certain aspects of their lives in the Lot [a rural, inland department in southwest France] are illuminated, helping to fragment stereotypes of expatriate populations and challenge the dominance of retirement migration within related literature.
The article is currently available to download for free on the Taylor and Francis website.