Intra-European Mobility of Skilled Expatriates and Place-Identity: Interwoven Social Representations of Rome and Warsaw

Movilidad intraeuropea de los expatriados calificados y la identidad de lugar: las representaciones sociales cruzadas de Roma y Varsovia

Annamaria Silvana de Rosa, Laura Dryjanska


Este artículo discute la influencia de las representaciones sociales de una ciudad de destino en la motivación y el desarrollo de modelos de movilidad individual, a través de cuestionarios con una técnica proyectiva y entrevistas guiadas. Los participantes fueron 60 expatriados calificados en dos capitales europeas diferentes: los italianos que residen en Varsovia, y los polacos que residen en Roma. El estudio demuestra la relevancia de la identidad de lugar para el significado del mismo dentro de la cultura urbana, en el contexto donde los temas globales y locales están entretejidos, presentando también la transformación de las representaciones sociales de ambas ciudades.

Palabras clave: movilidad intraeuropea, expatriados calificados, 3representaciones sociales, Roma, Varsovia.


This paper discusses the influence of social representations of a destination city on the motivation and development of individual mobility patterns, using questionnaires with a projective technique and guided interviews. The participants were 60 skilled expatriates in two different European capital cities: Italians residing in Warsaw and Poles residing in Rome. The study demonstrates the relevance of place-identity for the meaning of place within urban culture, in the context where global and local issues are interwoven. It also features the transformation of social representations of the two cities.

Keywords: intra-European mobility, skilled expatriates, social representations, Rome, Warsaw.

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