This book introduces the concept, 'existential migration': moving cross-culturally to express our homeless human condition.
A deep psychology of unsettledness often results from cross-cultural relocation. Life assumptions are cracked open. While the world is becoming more homogeneous and more accessible through technology, this creates unease with regard to where one belongs – a kind of global ‘homelessness’ may be on the horizon and this has not been brought into public discourse. The issue of home will be THE issue of the 21st century. This book depicts experiences of international relocation that have never been described before. The motivation for these cross-cultural moves, sometimes repeated over and over, is a search for self-understanding and an expression of unique sensitivities to life. These voluntary migrations are not primarily motivated by economics and are not forced by political conditions or international conflict. Most leave home because they never felt ‘at home’ there in the first place. For some, leaving their home culture can result in not being at home anywhere, and a complex mix of inconsolable loss as well as perpetual adventure and self-discovery.