Labor Mobility is a concept that becomes relevant for an increasing number of European citizens. The main reasons behind migration are related with economic difficulties. However, various studies (e.g. Markus Jokela- “Personality and the Realisation of Migration Desires”) refer that “the individual who is making the decision, voluntary residential mobility can be seen as a process that transitions through different stages”. The process initiates with “a desire to move” and there are specific personality traits that create a predisposition for movement. Therefore, the studies suggest that exist individuals that have increased predispositions or migration in comparison with others. 

Evidence from several countries suggests that personality traits are differently distributed over geographical areas. In the representative population-based Midlife in the United States Study (MIDUS), higher Openness to Experience and lower Agreeableness were predictive of residential mobility within and between states over a 7-year follow-up period, whereas higher Extraversion predicted only withinstate migration (Jokela, 2009). In a sample of older Americans, symptoms of depression and anxiety and low life satisfaction were associated with higher likelihood of moving to a new location (Colsher & Wallace, 1990). In the Italian study cited earlier, individuals who had left the islands and moved to the mainland were more extroverted and more open to experiences than those who had stayed in the islands (Camperio Ciani et al., 2007; Camperio Ciani & Capiluppi, 2011). 

There is a great scarcity of studies related with psychological traits of migration. In the framework of this research, apart from the literature review, there was made an analysis of 45 stories of migration that appear in blogs, newspapers, magazines, forums social media etc. The analysis had as an aim to identify the main psychological traits of the people have already migrated and those that they consider as the most important for the migration experience. 

The main characteristics are identified in the table below and are intended in the way that it is explained. 

Adaptability Capacity to be able to adjust to new conditions 
Cultural awareness of the country you have migrated to Knowledge of the culture/ customs/ traditions of the country to which you have migrated 
Language Skills Knowledge of the language of the country you have migrated 
Intercultural skills 
Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with people from other cultures 
Communication skills Ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently 
Internet Research skills Ability to use internet effectively in order to acquire all the necessary information regarding different aspects of living abroad 
Use of social media Ability to use effectively the social media in order to link with groups/ people that can facilitate the adaptation in a foreign country 
Openness Enjoy to try new things, ability to be creative and open to new ideas, cultures, people etc 
Conscientiousness The personality trait of being careful, or vigilant 
Agreeableness Individual behavioral characteristics that are perceived as kind, sympathetic, cooperative, warm and considerate 
Extraversion A tendency to seek out the company and stimulation of other people 
Emotional Stability Ability to remain stable and balanced 
Resilience Ability to successfully adapt to life tasks in the face of social disadvantage or stressful/ highly adverse conditions 
Optimism The ability to think the best possible thing will happen, and hopes for it even if it’s not likely 
Self-efficacy Belief in one’s ability to succeed in 

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