Migration and Quality of Life. Part I
RC31 Sociology of Migration
Except for the refugees who try to escape a life-threatening situation, migration is generally the mean by which the persons involved attempt to improve their quality of life (and/or that of their families). However, the concept of quality of life may hold different meanings for migrants relative to natives and to governments in the receiving countries. Moreover, given the complexity of the situation, the effort of improving well-being by the mean of migration may lead even to unintended or even opposite results.
The “Migration and Quality of Life” joint session of RC55 (Social Indicators) and RC31 (Sociology of Migration) aims at deepening the sociological knowledge on the migration situation and policies while contributing to conceptualization and development of social indicators for this particular area. We seek to attract papers that give systematic consideration to the meaning and determinants of “quality of life” and “well-being” 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 global awareness of the problems of migrants’ well-being. Papers which discuss the design, implementation and evaluation of the policies that would increase migrants’ well-being are also welcomed. Related to that, proposals of social indicators to be used for the field of migrants’ well-being will be a priority for this session. Also papers exploring normative/ethical questions relating to migrant situations and/or link individual action in this field with problems of social justice and democratization are very welcome.
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