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London calling?: Preferred emigration destinations among Icelandic youth

London calling?: Preferred emigration destinations among Icelandic youth

Title: London calling?: Preferred emigration destinations among Icelandic youth
Author: Bjarnason, Thoroddur   orcid.org/0000-0002-1400-231X
Date: 2009-05-20
Language: English
Scope: 149-161
University/Institute: Háskólinn á Akureyri
University of Akureyri
School: Hug- og félagsvísindasvið (HA)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (UA)
Department: Félagsvísinda- og lagadeild (HA)
Faculty of Social Sciences and Law (UA)
Series: Acta Sociologica;52(2)
ISSN: 0001-6993
1502-3869 (eISSN)
DOI: 10.1177/0001699309104002
Subject: Adolescents; Affinities; Destinations; Emigration; European; Iceland; Nordic; Unglingar; Fólksflutningar (félagsfræði)
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1072

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Bjarnason, T. (2009). London calling?: Preferred emigration destinations among Icelandic youth. Acta Sociologica, 52(2), 149-161. doi:10.1177/0001699309104002


Preferred emigration destinations among adolescents reflect images and stereotypes of other countries that continuously emerge in a multitude of local and global discourses and from concrete experiences with other countries. The affinities of Icelandic adolescents are split between the islands of the Northern Atlantic, continental Nordic countries, European core countries, and North American countries. If they had to leave Iceland, however, the largest proportion of Icelandic adolescents would want to move to the United States. Girls are more likely to choose the Nordic countries, in particular Denmark, while boys are more likely to choose English-speaking countries with a reputation for economic and military power such as the United States and England. Adolescents are more likely to prefer migrating to Europe rather than North America if they are proud of their Icelandic nationality, live in cohesive communities, have more educated parents, and feel closer to Europe. Adolescents who want to move abroad are in contrast most likely to have North American destinations in mind. Recent geopolitical changes may however shift the attention of Icelandic adolescents eastward towards the European continent.


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©Nordic Sociological Association and SAGE, [2009]. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in Acta Sociologica. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at: [doi:10.1177/0001699309104002]

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