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Persson, L. (2019). Lifestyle migrants or “environmental refugees”?: Resisting urban risks. Population, Space and Place, 25(7), Article ID e2254.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lifestyle migrants or “environmental refugees”?: Resisting urban risks
2019 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 25, no 7, article id e2254Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A relatively large group of immigrants to rural parts of inner Scandinavia are of German and Dutch descent. Many are families with young children having moved to unpopular areas, characterised by declining populations and services. Seven households of Dutch and German descent were interviewed with a narrative approach to explore their decision to migrate. It is revealed that they do not fit the common explanations of lifestyle migration. A “tale” of escape emerges as they describe what they wanted to leave behind, primarily risks associated with a neoliberal urban environment such as stress, aggression, and competition. The rural is described as a restful and safe space, like Hobbiton, where urban environmental refugees can exhale and live life a bit more lugnt. Drawing on Focaults “care for the self,” their experiences of the negative effects, of the individualisation of risks, neoliberal competition, and an accelerating society render evasion to a new environment into a means of risk avoidance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2019
counterurbanisation, escape, lifestyle migration, neoliberalism, resistance, risk avoidance
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Risk and Environmental Studies
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74240 (URN)10.1002/psp.2254 (DOI)2-s2.0-85068419310 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-08-09 Created: 2019-08-09 Last updated: 2020-01-17Bibliographically approved

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