Quotation Szücs, Nora. 2016. Single Female Self-Initiated Expatriates' Experiences: The Hungarian Case. 6th EIASM workshop on Expatriation, Catania, Italy, 15.09.-16.09.




The purpose of this article is to explore how singlism shapes Hungarian female self-initiated expatriates’ (female SIEs) experiences. Through a hermeneutic epistemological approach unstructured interviews were analyzed. The findings are presented in a case study through several interpretation circles. Single Hungarian female SIEs experience deliberation abroad, they increase their self-agencies and have endless opportunities for self-development & -fulfilment. Nonetheless, the new, expatriate lifestyle also evokes inner conflict in them due to its discrepancy with the home -country gender expectations, furthermore, the deliberation goes with loneliness as well as hard work for establishing intimate social ties. Similar implications have been made for the general single female SIE literature as well. The findings of the paper contribute to a more complete understanding about female SIEs expatriates and suggest exploring the feminine implications of male expatriate issues (agency, development, fulfilment), and also to extend them with the topics that are more relevant for women (social ties, loneliness, gender expectations).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Single Female Self-Initiated Expatriates' Experiences: The Hungarian Case
Event 6th EIASM workshop on Expatriation
Year 2016
Date 15.09.-16.09.
Country Italy
Location Catania


Szücs, Nora (Former researcher)
Institute for Human Resource Management IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
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