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Moving South: The Economic Motives and Structural Context of North America’s Emigrants in Cuenca, Ecuador

Moving South: The Economic Motives and Structural Context of North America’s Emigrants in Cuenca,... The article is based on qualitative interviews with lifestyle migrants from North America to Cuenca, Ecuador. It attempts to further the understanding of transnational migration scholars of the structural contexts that influence lifestyle migration decisions and agency. In 2009, Cuenca was selected by international lifestyle marketer International Living as the best retirement destination in the world, largely based on a methodology that privileges low real estate and living costs. Since then, perhaps as many as 5000 North Americans have moved to the city. North Americans in Cuenca report economic motivation as a major reason for their move, and report making those decisions against a backdrop of economic and financial insecurity. The article argues that they are economic migrants, even as their relatively higher spending power has economic consequences for receiving communities like Cuenca. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mobilities Taylor & Francis

Moving South: The Economic Motives and Structural Context of North America’s Emigrants in Cuenca, Ecuador

Mobilities , Volume 10 (2): 18 – Mar 15, 2015
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1745-011x
eISSN
1745-0101
DOI
10.1080/17450101.2013.858940
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Abstract

The article is based on qualitative interviews with lifestyle migrants from North America to Cuenca, Ecuador. It attempts to further the understanding of transnational migration scholars of the structural contexts that influence lifestyle migration decisions and agency. In 2009, Cuenca was selected by international lifestyle marketer International Living as the best retirement destination in the world, largely based on a methodology that privileges low real estate and living costs. Since then, perhaps as many as 5000 North Americans have moved to the city. North Americans in Cuenca report economic motivation as a major reason for their move, and report making those decisions against a backdrop of economic and financial insecurity. The article argues that they are economic migrants, even as their relatively higher spending power has economic consequences for receiving communities like Cuenca.

Journal

MobilitiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 15, 2015

Keywords: Lifestyle migration; International retirement migration; Amenity migration; Economic migration; Retirement security; Ecuador

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