The idea that the pandemic has sent a vast new wave of ‘boomerangers’ of young British adults returning to live in the parental home is a myth, according to a study.
A series of media articles in recent months have suggested that the arrival of Covid-19, followed by lockdowns, has persuaded many young people in their twenties to return to the supposed comfort and space of the family home to find themselves. gather.
However, a Resolution Foundation survey suggests that the proportion of 18 to 34 year olds living with their parents is slightly lower than it was before the pandemic.
“At the onset of the crisis, many people expected an army of ‘boomerang millennials’ to return to their ‘boomer’ parents. But in fact, a year after the onset of the crisis, young people are no more likely to live with their parents than before Covid, ”said Maja Gustafsson, economist at the Resolution Foundation.
The study, however, confirmed the results of previous research that the proportion of people living at home for at least part of their 20s and early 30s has increased significantly over the past two decades and now appears to be a feature. permanent staff of the British company.
One of the main reasons the proportion of boomerangers has not increased, Gustafsson said, is that many of these young adults most economically affected by the pandemic had already returned to their parents before Covid struck.
A Resolution Foundation survey found that 23% of young people in their 20s reported living with their parents earlier this month, compared with 25% who reported living with their parents in February 2020 – suggesting there was little change during the pandemic.
Those who returned to the parental home were likely not to have a college degree, to have relatively low-paying jobs, and to work in industries hardest hit by the pandemic, such as hospitality. Less than a third said they expected to be still there in six months.
The proportion of boomerangers in the UK is broadly similar to that of European countries like Germany and France, and lower than the EU average, according to the Resolution study. Living with parents in your twenties is more common in southern European countries like Greece and Croatia.
While some young adults have returned to live with their parents to work and save money for a home deposit, the foundation says the ability to do so is limited by a lottery of zip codes – the health of the job market where their parents live.
Tabitha-Levis Jarsdel, 25, a graduate living with her mother near Portsmouth, said her contemporaries’ return with their parents was often guided by the exorbitant cost of housing and the state of the labor market. “People who have lived at home… see this as normal,” she said.
About 3.5 million young single adults live with their parents, a third more in the past 10 years, according to a Loughborough University study released last fall. Higher housing costs and lower wages meant that almost two-thirds of childless single adults aged 20 to 34 in the UK had never left or returned to the family home.
Almost three-quarters of young single adults lived with their parents in their early 20s, according to the Loughborough study. The proportion fell to 54% in their late twenties and then to a third of people in their early thirties.