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Migration to and from Welfare States

Lived Experiences of the Welfare–Migration Nexus in a Globalised World

  • Oleksandr Ryndyk
  • Brigitte Suter
  • Gunhild Odden
  • This open access book discussed the global welfare-migration nexus

  • Brings empirical findings from across a variety of non-Western contexts

  • Provides an overview on different forms of geographical mobility

Open Access

Part of the IMISCOE Research Series book series (IMIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mădălina Rogoz, Martina Sekulova
    Pages 105-121 Open Access
  3. Anna Wojtyńska, Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir
    Pages 161-176 Open Access

About this book


This open access book explores the role of family, public, market and third sector welfare provision for individual and households’ decisions regarding geographical mobility. It challenges the state-centred approach in research on welfare and migration by emphasising migrants’ own reflections and experiences. It asks whether and in which ways different welfare concerns are part of migrants’ decisions regarding (or aspirations for) mobility. Employing a transnational and a translocal perspective, the book addresses different forms of geographical mobility, such as immigration, emigration, and re-migration, circular and return migration. By bringing in empirical findings from across a variety of Western and non-Western contexts, the book challenges the Eurocentric focus in current debates and contributes to a more nuanced and more integrated global account of the welfare-migration nexus.


Open access Immigration and emigration Nexus of welfare provisions Global social protection Migration and integration Population mobility Rural to urban migration Circular and return migration Welfare-migration nexus Citizenship Welfare and mobility Mobility of the elderly and family-based care Chinese international students Children's education and parental migration decisions Migration and settlement aspirations Labour mobility from Eastern European welfare states Healthcare workers and migration Gender equality in expatriate family migration Old-age pensions across borders Social protection across countries

Editors and affiliations

  • Oleksandr Ryndyk
    • 1
  • Brigitte Suter
    • 2
  • Gunhild Odden
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Intercultural CommunicationVID Specialized UniversityStavangerNorway
  2. 2.Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and WelfareUniversity of MalmöMalmöSweden
  3. 3.Center for Intercultural CommunicationVID Specialized UniversityStavangerNorway

About the editors

Oleksandr Ryndyk is a Researcher at the Centre for Intercultural Communication at VID Specialized University, Norway. He holds a Master's degree in International Economics and a joint European Master’s in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR). He has researched a broad range of migration-related topics, such as social-welfare protection and the integration of intra-European migrants, the labour-market integration of refugees, gender roles, equality and child-rearing practices among migrants, the integration of 1.5-generation migrants, family counselling and conflict resolution among migrant families.

Brigitte Suter is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) at Malmö University, Sweden. She has researched a wide range of migration-related topics and has extensive experience in qualitative, interpretative research methods. Her research interests include (im)mobility, social networks, the transformative potential of migration, ethnography, the mobility of highly skilled migrants in the global economy and the role of norms and rights in the field of migration and integration.

Gunhild Odden is Professor of Research in Migration Studies and Vice Dean for Research at VID Specialized University in Stavanger, Norway. She holds a PhD in Sociology and a Master’s in International Migration and Interethnic Relations, both from the University of Poitiers, France. Her research interests include transnational migration dynamics, migratory trajectories, migration and family life and migration and social mobility. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Spain, Norway and Senegal.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Migration to and from Welfare States
  • Book Subtitle Lived Experiences of the Welfare–Migration Nexus in a Globalised World
  • Editors Oleksandr Ryndyk
    Brigitte Suter
    Gunhild Odden
  • Series Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-67614-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-67617-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-67615-5
  • Series ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-4095
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 235
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    Population Economics
    Political Science
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