Migration and Well-Being. Part II

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal I (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC55 Social Indicators (host committee)
RC31 Sociology of Migration

Language: English

People engage in migration with the purpose of improving their own well-being as well as the well-being of their families. Different factors, at micro or macro levels, impede or support their actions. In this session we try to give tentative answers to questions such as: What are the different well-being concepts held by the actors in this process (migrants, families, communities and states in the sending and the receiving countries)? What are the factors that influence positively migrants’ efforts to improve their well-being? Is integration the key? What factors have negative influences? What policies should be designed and implemented to increase migrants’ well-being? How can we best measure migrants’ quality of life and well-being?  
This session aims at deepening sociological knowledge on the migration situation and policies while contributing to conceptualization and development of social indicators for this particular area. Organizers seek to attract papers that give systematic consideration to the meaning and determinants of “well-being” and “quality of life” among migrants, as well as to the public policies in this field. We also look for case studies or comparative papers that will make a base for a global awareness of the problems of migrants’ well-being. Papers exploring normative/ethical questions relating to migrant situation and/or link individual action in this field with problems of social justice and democratization are also welcome.
Session Organizers:
Sergiu BALTATESCU, University of Oradea, Romania and David BARTRAM, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
David BARTRAM, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Migration Success As an Indicator of Migrants' Well-Being
Christoph REINPRECHT, University of Vienna, Austria
Life Course Perspective on Return Migration: Coming Back from Spain to Cochabamba (Bolivia)
Sonia PARELLA RUBIO, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain; Leonardo DE LA TORRE, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain; Clara PIQUERAS, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
"Putting Their Lives on Hold': The Adventurous Path Towards Migrant Integration into Greek Society
Apostolos PAPADOPOULOS, Harokopio University of Athens, Department of Geography, Greece; Loukia-Maria FRATSEA, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece