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Having a partner and/or children are important barriers to mobility

Having a partner and/or children are important barriers to mobility

60% of respondents said that having a long-term partner made them less likely to move between countries

Amongst those with children, family reasons are cited as a reason for:

  • 92% respondents' choice to stay in the UK
  • 43% respondents' choice to move back to the UK
    • 79% of respondents said that having children made them less likely to move between countries

      Finding suitable employment for a partner is the most frequently cited barrier to mobility amongst those with a partner except for short-term mobility

      Adapted from International mobility of researchers: A survey of researchers in the UK by Susan Guthrie, Catherine Lichten, Emma Harte, Sarah Parks and Steven Wooding, RR-1991-RS, 2017, available at

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