The success-failure dichotomy revisited: young adults' motives to return to their rural home region

Tialda Haartsen*, Frans Thissen

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Abstract

Researchers are increasingly aware that nonlinear perspectives of the transition into adulthood and non-economic motives, such as family and friends, may help to improve our understanding of young adults' migration decisions. This paper combines these new insights with the traditional economic success-failure arguments in order to explain young adults' return migration to their rural home region. We present four orientations in return motives: the social, family, functional and partner orientation. They consist of different combinations of the stereotypical success-failure arguments with non-serial transitional stages, and with different attachments to the home region. They also show that in some cases, return migration should actually be interpreted as staying in the home region, because the young adult returnees had not mentally left the region. We therefore state that our results provide a solid argument for reinterpreting the out-migration of young people from rural areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-101
Number of pages15
JournalChildren's Geographies
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2-Jan-2014

Keywords

  • return migration
  • place attachment
  • transition into adulthood
  • the Netherlands
  • Noordoostpolder
  • principal component analysis
  • YOUTH MIGRATION
  • NETHERLANDS
  • MIGRANTS
  • FAMILY
  • AREAS
  • COMMUNITIES
  • IDENTITIES
  • AUSTRALIA
  • PATTERNS
  • PEOPLE

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