Internal migration, family formation and social stratification in Europe. A life course approach.

Roberto Impicciatore , Università di Bologna
Nazareno Panichella, University of milan

Geographical mobility trajectories generally intersect other life course patterns such as student career, job experiences and family choices. Life course theory emphasizes that different events are not separate experiences, but are linked to each other. Focusing on 11 European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), this analysis has three main aims: firstly, describe the life patterns experienced by internal migrants; secondly, analyse the selection into different migration trajectories; thirdly, identify the association with different occupational achievements and social mobility pathways. The analysis, based on Sequence and Cluster Analysis applied to SHARELIFE data (2008-09 and 2017). Preliminary results reveal that the different migration patterns are characterized by a marked selectivity of movers, particularly in contexts where migration works well as an escalator strategy, and that they have different association with individual life chances.

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 Presented in Session 3. Spatial mobility over the life course