Lifestyle migration is a diverse and lesser known form of migration, which despite its acceleration over the last decades in numbers, scope, and impact, has only recently been the focus of research. Nevertheless, the permanent, temporary, or seasonal settlement of large numbers of foreign residents moving abroad for lifestyle reasons raises important questions about its regulation at a global level, particularly around political rights, welfare resources, and responsibilities for individuals and localities in an international arena. The chapter begins to map out the scale and locations of this phenomenon and shows the very fragmented nature of governance, even within the European Union. It considers why this is the case, and relates the fragmentation to the particularities of leisure migration (as a form of mobility often conflated with tourism) and the historical contexts under which it has emerged. Finally, The chapter examines the arguments that support or resist multilateral regulation, ranging from minimal improvement to more comprehensive governance.
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