• Axel Eriksson
4. term, Tourism, Master (Master Programme)
This master thesis aims to juxtaposes two disperse concepts: lifestyle migration and informality. In
a case study around the Lisbon and suburban areas, the focus directs on lifestyle migrants from
northern Europe migrated to south to Portugal for an escape to a better quality of life, away from
cold to a place fit them best. The literature review examines lifestyle migration critically through
three correspondent concept fields; the power of mobility, transnationalism and socioculturaleconomical essential variables to revise a wished or a specific lifestyle. It gives a critique of the
literature on how it is presenting lifestyle migrants in research.
With empirical qualitative methods, the subject entering lifestyle migration from the angle of
tourism expands it into mobility where it critically excavates of lifestyle migrants within Europe
with the concept of informality. In-depth interviews, together with casual conversations with
various groups, hold up the methodological groundwork on the empirical data. Moreover, the
thesis shed light on informality, a field which recently becomes an emerging study within tourism
expands it by examining new angles to receive a wished lifestyle.
The analysis takes new insights of the field of how project informality, not only to be an advantage
for the lifestyle migrants and informality but it will highlight informality to be an illegal mare tool
or an escape from poverty. A dialectic view of the migrants exist which show how power
constitutes within directed policies by nations on the one hand, and established systems the other
hand both, which will willingly and unwillingly keep lifestyle migrants’ attached strings with both
countries. For some, nation-state aid by citizenship and hypermobility empower one’s life that fits
better personal preference. However, it is also shown that the transnationalism of lifestyle
migration also changes one’s perspective of both the country of origin and the new host country.
At first, it was an aspiration being away from cold and darkness, but afterwards, some even might
antagonise their nation of origin.
The conclusion shows a possibility to include or exclude social and cultural barriers but might not
fully grow into an integrated part of the society because of a lack of formal rights. However,
constituted by mobility, they gain power through their status as lifestyle incentivised by the nationstate policies.
Publication date3 Jun 2019
Number of pages86
ID: 304984513