A sample of more than 300 migrants from Belgium, Switzerland,
Germany, the Netherlands, France and Britain who resettled in
Mediterranean countries found that they were slightly less
satisfied with life than a much larger sample of 56,000 people
living in northern countries.
The sun lovers scored 7.3 out of a possible 10 on average on a
"happiness" scale while the stay-at-homes came in at an average
of 7.5 percent, according to the study released on Wednesday by
Dr David Bartram, a senior lecturer in the Department of
Sociology at England's University of Leicester.
"The key finding from the analysis is that people from northern
Europe who migrated to southern Europe are less happy than the
stayers in northern Europe," Bartram said.
He said the migrants had higher incomes than the average in
their new country and some theories had predicted that this
would make them happier.
The reverse proved to be the case, he said, perhaps because
"migration itself can be disruptive to other dimensions of
people's lives — social ties, sense of belonging — possibly with
consequences for their happiness.
"Perhaps any positive subjective consequences were outweighed by
negative consequences arising from the more general disruptive
effects of international migration on one's life," he said in a
Bartram's findings were based on a study of data collected
between 2002 and 2010 by the European Social Survey, a
cross-national survey conducted every two years.
(Writing by Michael Roddy; editing by Rosalind Russell)
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