Working Towards the Good Life

  • Michaela Benson
  • Karen O’Reilly
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


Moving into the everyday lives of these migrants, this chapter considers the relationship between work and lifestyle migration. Within this, we do not only speak about paid employment—as might be assumed in the case of corporate expatriacy—but consider work to extend into volunteering and the other activities that such migrants occupy themselves with. The chapter is therefore descriptive of work and non-work lives, and diversity, and also illustrates their flexibility and capitals. In this way, it demonstrates the value of referring to these populations as lifestyle migrants, laying bare how people use work to get quality of life, rather than vice versa.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaela Benson
    • 1
  • Karen O’Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyGoldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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