Quality of life and identities: a pre-Brexit perspective

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A presentation made by the University of Surrey YMOBILITY team at the “RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017” at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Friday 1 September 2017.

Recent scholarship has emphasised a development of new identities and coexistence of multiple identities among mobile European youth, with students and highly-skilled migrants displaying strong European identities sometimes replacing, overlapping or blurring with their own national (and regional) identities.

This presentation explores themes of identity and the different experiences of various migrant sub-populations in the UK, in relation to quality of life measures. Multilevel models of the eight quality of life dimensions indicate that current and return migrants to the UK are more satisfied than non-migrants with their health, job, and education. “Regional” and “National” identities are highly correlated, and associated with increased housing (physical attachment to location) and health (Pride with national institutions – NHS) satisfaction. “European” and “World” identities are highly correlated, and associated with increased community (multicultural Britain) and job (recognition of the global marketplace) satisfaction. For “total satisfaction” it appears important to have both a local and global outlook to life. Such considerations of scale are a classic geographical phenomenon, where ‘global changes typically converge in localities’ (Wilbanks & Kates 1999, Cash et al 2006).

Calvin Jephcote, Allan Williams, Gang Li, Hania Janta

You can download the presentation in PDF format from here: RGS-IBG 230817_v5