Migration and Quality of Life. Part I

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC55 Social Indicators (host committee)
RC31 Sociology of Migration

Language: English

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.

Session Organizers:
Sergiu BALTATESCU, University of Oradea, Romania and David BARTRAM, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Oral Presentations
Birds of a Feather Flock Together? Own-Group Concentration and Immigrants’ Life Satisfaction in the UK, 2009-2016
Jing SHEN, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim, Germany; Irena KOGAN, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim, Germany
Immigrants’ Subjective Integration: Life Satisfaction Among Immigrants in Italy
Angela PAPARUSSO, Institute of research on population and social policies CNR-IRPPS, Italy; Elena AMBROSETTI, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
Life Satisfaction and Internal Migration Experience
Zhongshan YUE, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China; Yue YUAN, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China; Shuzhuo LI, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Do Frames of Reference Change? Intergenerational Reference Group Effects on Life Satisfaction
Randy STACHE, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany; Antje ROEDER, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany