Ekaterina Shebanova, University of Girona
Title: Movement Continuum: Lifestyle from Tourism to Migration. The case of Russian immigrants.
Modern migration flows of humans are affected by various reasons related to professional, economic and personal dimensions. To explore these reasons, this article integrated the concepts of high-skilled migration, lifestyle travelling and lifestyle migration by bringing the tourism-migration nexus in front and analyzing the lifestyle issues of mobile actors that impact their decisions to stay on the move. Researchers claim that tourists, travellers and migrants have common individual mobility patterns and characteristics while moving. In order to prove this idea sixteen in-depth semi-structured interviews with Russian immigrants were conducted from November to December 2020 to focus on life experiences of migrants, their main motivations and starting point to migrate. As a result of the field work, a framework that researchers have called the Movement Continuum was created. This continuum connects different stages of movement ranging from the first trip, long-term travelling, permanent migration, and final decision to settle down. This paper concludes that positive tourists experience, but not personal crisis, might trigger the consistent wish to stay on move with further desire to migrate. This finding contradicts the previous research on lifestyle migration. Besides, an applied lifestyle approach led to the discourse on integration of the research fields of migration, mobilities and tourism.
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