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Economic Migrants Are Not Happy

By Denise Baptiste

According to a news study it was suggested that the economic migrants who are seeking a “better life" might just end up being less happy. As per the studies form the University of Leicester , it is said that the grass might not be greener on the other side of the border.


The research states that the economic migrants who are traveling to different shores for a greater income and a better career could be in for disappointment for the pursuit of wealth does not equate with happiness.

Dr David Bartram, a sociologist, sought to establish whether those people who were motivated by higher incomes in a wealthy country actually gain greater happiness via migration. The doctor has also examined if these economic migrants might have exaggerated expectations about what they will achieve and experience.

From the department of Sociology , Dr. Bartram stated that, “ The study of happiness tells us that people generally do not gain greater happiness from earning higher incomes – which suggests that migrants might be mistaken in believing that they will be better off if they can move to a wealthy country."

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 12:45 [IST]
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