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Seminarreihe des Arbeitsbereichs Ökonomie am IOS

Zeit: Dienstag, 13.30–15.00 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)
Programm Wintersemester 2016/17

Forschungskolloquium: „Geschichte und Sozialanthropologie Südost‐ und Osteuropas“

Zeit: Donnerstag, 14–16 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 017)
Programm Wintersemester 2016/17

Fliehen und Ankommen – Flucht und Vertreibung in Geschichte und Gegenwart

Eine Veranstaltungsreihe zu zentralen Aspekten von Flucht und Vertreibung aus historischer und gegenwärtiger Perspektive. Von Oktober 2016 bis Januar 2017. In Kooperation mit dem Institut für Geschichte der Universität Regensburg, dem Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS) und dem Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie.

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25. Oktober 2016

City scale. On life satisfaction after international migration

Ein Vortrag von Bogdan Voicu, Marian Vasile (Romanian Academy of Sciences, Research Institute for Quality of Life) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: 25.10.2016
Zeit: 13.30 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)

The literature on immigrants' life satisfaction knew a certain boost in recent years (Bartram, 2013; Voicu & Vasile, 2014; Voicu & Vlase, 2015). It typically emphasized personal characteristics and country-level contextual determinants. This paper tries to move the debate towards the narrower context given by the locality. We take a concept developed in anthropology and try to test its relevance using quantitative methodology. Glick Schiller and her colleagues (Glick-Schiller 2012, 2015; Glick Schiller, Caglar, and Guldbrandsen 2006) proposed the idea of 'city scale', as a factor to provide gravitational explanation for migration, going beyond economic development and availably of jobs and housing. Moving from small-scale to large-scale cities one is expected to increase life satisfaction due to more opportunities for a better life. However, this is not the whole story. Migrants' roots still have an effect on their quality of life. Intense relationships with the stayers and big negative differences between origin and host cities scale diminish life satisfaction of migrants. The shadow of 'bad life' is there. Besides the psychological consequences of failure like low self-esteem, there will be adaptation problems given the lower opportunities for increasing the standard of living. We try to operationalize the concept, and use infant mortality rates as indicators of scale, along with size of locality and a development indicator, as predictors for individual-level life satisfaction. We also argue that the relationship between city scale and life satisfaction is moderated by the intensity of relationships with the stayers. To test, we employ data gathered from a sample of Romanian migrants in 2008. Multilevel modeling allows testing our assumptions. The findings indicate that city scale has a weak influence as compared to country-level variables, including the culture of life-satisfaction, and the GDP/capita.

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