Over the last decades, European policy makers have used Erasmus+, the student exchange programme for higher education, to encourage European mobility. By giving students the opportunity to study abroad for a few months, policy makers hope to broaden the horizon of these students, and to stimulate European integration. Although this programme aims for free mobility for all, the literature has pinpointed several determinants for migration and mobility. Especially family characteristics are found to be decisive in being or not being mobile. This type of research usually focuses on parental background characteristics and has only little attention for union formation of the individual. This is surprising as students are in a life phase in which both existing family relations and emerging partner relations are key in their lives. Therefore, in this study we explore the effects of family on mobility intentions of university students, explicitly including dating relationships. Additionally, we differentiate in this matter between student mobility intentions and intentions for mobility after graduation, as well as the link between both. For the analyses we use data from a survey conducted among 472 students (age 18 to 22) at the VUB. The diversity in this sample concerning mobility and migration background makes them the perfect study group for this topic. Preliminary results confirm the importance of the family as found in earlier research. Additionally, we find clear effects of having a dating partner on intentions for student mobility. A more detailed analysis of the data will be presented in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 23 Nov 2016
EventNederlandse Demografiedag 2016 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 23 Nov 2016 → …


ConferenceNederlandse Demografiedag 2016
Period23/11/16 → …

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