The role of satisfaction in labor diaspora dynamics: an analysis of Brexit effects

Maria Elo*, Susana C. Silva, Božidar Vlačić

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In diaspora research, people's international mobility is often understood as a response to pull-push forces on an economic macro-level or as part of diasporic waves. However, labor diaspora formations are also influenced by micro-level (i.e., individual perceptions) drivers related to work per se, such as satisfaction. This explorative qualitative study takes a novel angle and focuses on the role of Portuguese nurses’ satisfaction with the evaluation of the Brexit scenario and its effects on this labor diaspora's mobility and stability. The findings illustrate that satisfaction, although affected by uncertainty, mainly relates to perceived working conditions and legislation and the possibilities to communicate with locals and other diasporans. This paper provides suggestions for future research and contributes to the development of theory on staying and human stickiness, explaining the dynamics of exit and entry in (re-)migration decision making.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-159
Number of pages17
JournalThunderbird International Business Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • Brexit
  • Entry and exit decision
  • Expatriates
  • Human stickiness
  • Labor diaspora
  • Satisfaction


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