Return Migration in Later Life: International Perspectives

Return Migration in Later Life: International Perspectives

by John Percival (Editor)


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The main objective of this edited volume is to explore the motivations, decision making processes, and consequences, when older people consider or accomplish return migration to their place of origin; and also to raise the public policy profile of this increasingly important subject. The book examines in detail a range of themes affecting return migrations, including: family ties, obligations and their emotive strengths; comparative quality, and cost, of health and welfare provision in host and home countries; older age transitions and cultural affinity with homeland; and psychological adjustment, belonging and attachment to place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447301226
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Percival is a research officer at the Open University, UK.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures

Notes on contributors


1 Charting the waters: return migration later in life, by John Percival

2 Older immigrants leaving Sweden, by Martin Klinthäll

3 Place and residence attachments in Canada’s older population, by K. Bruce Newbold

4 Ageing immigrants and the question of return: new answers to an old dilemma? by Claudio Bolzman

5 Caribbean return migration in later life: family issues and transnational experiences as influential pre-retirement factors, by Dennis Conway, Robert B. Potter and Godfrey St. Bernard

6 ‘We belong to the land’: British immigrants in Australia contemplating or realising their return ‘home’ in later life, by John Percival

7 Diasporic returns to the city: Anglo-Indian and Jewish visits to Calcutta in later life, by Alison Blunt, Jayani Bonnerjee and Noah Hysler-Rubin

8 Returning to ‘roots’: Estonian-Australian child migrants visiting the homeland, by Brad Ruting

9 Ageing in the ancestral homeland: ethno-biographical reflections on return migration in later life, by Anastasia Christou

10 ‘The past is a foreign country’: vulnerability to mental illness among return migrants, by Gerard Leavey and Johanne Eliacin

11 The blues of the ageing retornados: narratives on the return to Chile, by Erik Olsson

12 Concluding reflections, by John Percival



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