Serial migrants and one-time migrants: The transnational lives of highly skilled Finns working in Europe

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Europe is home to a globally unique area, where it is possible for the majority of Europeans to study, work, or retire in a wide geographical area. Based on two consecutive online surveys and 18 biographical interviews, the article examines the experiences of young, highly educated Finns living abroad in 12 EU countries. The article focuses on two types of migrants: one-time migrants with limited previous international experience and serial migrants with mobility capital accumulated during previous international experiences. The article concludes that this mobility capital, is a major factor influencing the likelihood of onward migration. The article also contributes to the understanding of Europe as a transnational area where various forms of mobility coexist as mobile Europeans look for study and career opportunities and suitable lifestyles abroad.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-130
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2019
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed