Changes in highly skilled migrants' life satisfaction during the covid-19 pandemic. A comparison between the experiences of EU and non-EU citizens

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"Highly skilled migrants' well-being and life satisfaction are directly related to their intention to stay in the destination area. The covid-19 pandemic has strongly impacted the well-being of millions of people worldwide. Several studies have been looking at the life satisfaction of HSMs (e.g., Spadavecchia & Yu, 2021). Nevertheless, studies on life satisfaction changes for highly skilled migrants during covid-19 are scant (e.g.,Gerber & Ravazzini, 2022). Against this background, this paper presents findings on the differences in the life satisfaction of EU and non-EU migrants in Eindhoven during the covid-19 pandemic. Given its exploratory nature, the study uses a qualitative method based on semi-structured interviews with EU and non-EU citizens. Furthermore, it looks at both HSMs who live or have left Eindhoven during the pandemic. Results suggest that the life satisfaction of all HSMs has been
impacted during the pandemic. Several are the differences encountered in the experience between EU and non-EU HSMs in the region. For instance, the travel ban had a different impact on EU and non-EU citizens, and the trust in the government had been lower for the EU than for non-EU migrants.
Period15 Sept 2022
Event titleIRiS 10th anniversary international conference: Looking back to Look Forward: Celebrating 10 years of research on migration, forced displacement and superdiversity
Event typeConference
LocationBirmingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational