Lifestyle and Economic Migration

Recent comments by Minister Michael Noonan regarding lifestyle migration have caused controversy in an Ireland, which, due to current economic problems, once again faces widespread emigration for economic reasons. Minister Noonan's comments related to his personal family experience, with regards to his own children havingemigrated of their own choice, which, in academic research is referred to as'self-initiated expatriation'. My PhD research focused specifically on theidentity and career construction of self initiated expatriates, in my case,those from Western countries that relocated to the South of France whilemaintaining paid employment (that is, did not relocate for retirement purposesor due to financial independence). I have published* on this phenomenom recently,relating it to the Irish Continue reading here [...]