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This site is now frozen in time

Our project is finished but we have been working on several publications. Please see Karen’s personal blog for more on what she is doing now.

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The Exhibition has been a great way to celebrate the project.

Go check it out on our Facebook page

Almost ready

Almost ready

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This way

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Chinese school children visit

Chinese school children visit

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and they read everything and ask loads of questions IMG_1104

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And some of our participants visit too!

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The Exhibition is coming! April 24th – May 8th

Please click on the link below to view and download our exhibition poster.

Exhibition Poster

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New Newsletter available now

Please click here for our May 2014 newsletter: Growing older in postcolonial settings  Lifestyle migration in East Asia Newsletter No2 May2014

Newsletter

Please click here for the just published

Lifestyle migration in East Asia Newsletter No1 Feb2014

 

More Survey Results: enjoying life and escaping the UK

S1140038We have updated the Survey Results page with some more findings and here is a taster, below.

Of the reasons given for moving to Malaysia or Thailand, ones most frequently cited include:

  • the lifestyle and standard of living (“simple life away from the rat race”)
  • the food
  • the culture
  • geographical features (“stunning natural environment”)
  • the weather
  • the friendliness of the people (“people are more friendly and open than in the UK”)
  • for work or partner’s work
  • having family or friendship connections in the country
  • an air of challenge or adventure (“the challenge of something new”)

Some respondents contrasted their experiences of Malaysia or Thailand with where they had previously lived, mostly in reference to the UK. Some of these reasons concerned cheaper costs than when they had lived elsewhere. For example, one respondent stated that they would “have opportunities to travel in this part of the world more cheaply than we could from the UK”. Other reasons related to weather differences, for example, one respondent gave the “miserable weather in the UK” as a reason. In interviews and on the expat forums the discussions often centre around why migrants no longer wanted to live in theUK. One respondent told us he considers the UK to be over-taxed and over-controlled. Another said ‘people are just so depressed there’.

(Thanks to Rowena Viney, Loughborough University, for analysing the survey data)

Lifestyle Migration and Liminality

Scholars are increasingly drawing attention to the difficulties that lifestyle migrants experience in their pursuit of happiness. It seem they are not always the affluent, powerful, privileged post-colonials that is assumed. Of course, that is why Michaela Benson and I define lifestyle migration as the movement of the relatively affluent. If we had understood lifestyle migration to consistently be characterized by absolute wealth, we would have spoken simply of affluent people, and not bothered with the adjective ‘relative’. As time goes by and the global financial crisis takes shape in the reconfiguring of social structures and social positioning, the liminal status of some migrants becomes apparent. The incredible manipulations and machinations that go into managing migration to ensure the state includes the sought-after and excludes the less desirable has some interesting and perhaps unexpected side-effects.

Karen O’Reilly will be talking about some of these issues at a talk at Compas, Oxford, on 27th February 2014.