Mitchell centre seminar series
|Starts:||16:00 10 Oct 2018|
|Ends:||17:30 10 Oct 2018|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Dorottya Hoor, University of Manchester,
Home, sweet home?
A mixed method network study of the experiences of high- skilled migrants returning to Hungary
The eastern enlargement of the EU and the establishment of common European labour market completely redrew mobility patterns within Europe and led to a serious shortage of skilled labour in most Central and Eastern European countries. This shortage is often expected to be abated by the return of skilled migrants, which is generally viewed as largely beneficial for the home countries. However, the existing literature on return also shows that return migrants often struggle to readjust to their home society and face several problems upon their return. Those few studies that look at the experiences of returning migrants suggest that social networks play an important role in the post-return period but very little is known about how social networks shape the return experience, especially in a post-socialist context. The study draws on Lin’s network theory of social capital to investigate how social networks might shape the return experience and seeks to understand the role of embedded resources for returnees’ readjustment. It applies a mixed methods research design and uses Qualiative Comparative Analysis to combine the insights of in-depth interviews with personal network data. Findings on the main aspects of returnees’ lived experiences, on the importance of social networks, and on the kinds of embedded resources required for a smooth readjustment process will be presented.
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