A Life Course Approach to Immigrants’ Relocation: Linking Long- and Short-distance Mobility Sequences


  • Julie Lacroix Université de Genève http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4482-1850
  • Jonathan Zufferey University of Geneva, Institut of demography and socioeconomics




rural to urban migration, urbanization in china, Hukou registration, social problems


This paper integrates life course principles to investigate interdependencies between residential, family and professional trajectories following an international migration, and enhance the more classic micro-economic explanations of foreign-born internal migration. Using retrospective data from the Swiss Household Panel survey, we follow foreign-born residents for a six-year period and analyse long- and short-distance mobility outcomes. By considering repeated migration in a multilevel framework, we tackle the question of whether successive migration is due to a short-term adjustment process or rather to a long-term phenomenon for a hypermobile segment of the population. The results corroborate important synchronicities between marriage, employment transitions and spatial outcomes, but fail to confirm the simultaneous process of childbirth and residential relocation. We conclude that successive long-distance and successive short-distance migration are confined to a selected segment of the population with high latent mobility propensity, while a long-short migration sequence rather results from a process of housing adjustment.


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How to Cite

Lacroix, J., & Zufferey, J. (2019). A Life Course Approach to Immigrants’ Relocation: Linking Long- and Short-distance Mobility Sequences. Migration Letters, 16(2), 283–300. https://doi.org/10.33182//ml.v16i2.683




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