Når unge uddannelsessøgende flytter mod vest

Translated title of the contribution: When young adults counter-move for educational purposes

Annette Aagaard Thuesen, Eva Maersk, Helle Rotbøll Randlev

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional


The report examines how young students experience moving against the flow, specifically when moving to Esbjerg to study. Methodically, the study has used qualitative interviews with 30 undergraduate and graduate students who have become citizens in Esbjerg due to their study.

The report concludes with a series of recommendations:

1. It is recommended that the positive experience of the housing situation
among students in Esbjerg is used further as part of a new story of Esbjerg in
relation to the attraction of young people to the area. As the literature study
shows, a move to a university town can be a challenge for most students, but
many respondents are highlighting the very affordable housing prices and the
minimal difficulty in relation to finding an apartment in Esbjerg as an argument for part of their positive attitude towards Esbjerg as a study town.

2. It is recommended that it is disseminated wider to the rest of the country that
Esbjerg can offer something else than Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense, that
some students appreciate. In an attempt to strengthen Esbjerg's attractiveness
as a study town there is a need to look at the underlying reasons for why students are moving to Esbjerg, namely that the city is not as large as for example Aarhus and Copenhagen, and that young people seem targeted towards
prioritizing the study before choosing the city.

3. It is recommended that work should continue on offering unique, but also
widely attractive study programs in the city.

4. It is recommended to establish stronger links between students and employers in the Esbjerg area. Many of the interviewees in the study highlight a job after graduation as a crucial parameter to remain in the area. There is a slight tendency for that just the perception that a job can be present in the future, can mean that student’s orientation towards staying as resident in the city is strengthened.

5. It is recommended that social events are organized (also without alcohol),
such as sports, games, café etc., over the autumn and winter, which also aims
to create a bridge between Danish and international students, as well as it is
recommended to work to increase participation in existing events
Translated title of the contributionWhen young adults counter-move for educational purposes
Original languageDanish
Place of PublicationEsbjerg
PublisherSyddansk Universitetsforlag
Number of pages62
ISBN (Print)978-87-93462-05-02
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCLF Report

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