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Late modern societies, more specifically knowledge based societies, need flexible and mobile (young) people; first of all in and for the economy, but then also as private actors.

Mobility can be understood in mental and in geographical terms: highly educated persons are mentally versatile while they may or may not be geographically mobile. Less educated (young) people experience more coercion in being or having to become mobile, especially (the children of) migrants. There are countries whose economic situation is such that young labour is forced to migrate to more wealthy countries; Bulgaria is a point in case.

In regard to knowledge society, mobility means first of all to accumulate social and educational capital (see also flexibility; individualisation; inequality) (MdBR)



Bell, D. (1973). The Coming of Post-industrial Society. New York: Basic Books.

Rodriguez, M.J. (ed.) (2002). The New Knowledge Economy in Europe. A Strategy for International competitiveness and Social Cohesion. Cheltenham, UK./Northhampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar.


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