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Unpacking the ageing–migration nexus and challenging the vulnerability trope

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posted on 30.10.2018, 12:53 by Russell King, Aija Lulle, Dora Sampaio, Julie Vullnetari
The nexus between ageing and migration throws up a variety of situations. In this paper, we map out the various circumstances in which ageing and migration fuse together as entwined trajectories to produce situations of vulnerability, coping, active ageing and variable well-being. The ageing process is seen to be socially constructed and culturally embedded; hence, place – at ‘home’ or ‘abroad’, or some transnational mix – becomes a paramount structuring variable. Different models of successful ageing compete as migrants move and age in different countries and different cultures; the Western model of individual self-reliance should not necessarily be imposed on ageing migrant populations. In the final part of the article we challenge the prevailing trope of vulnerability applied to the perceived double disadvantage of being both an older person and a migrant, and present four case-studies in which older migrants enact agency and independence to achieve a greater level of material and subjective well-being.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Volume

43

Issue

2

Pages

182 - 198

Citation

KING, R. ... et al, 2017. Unpacking the ageing–migration nexus and challenging the vulnerability trope. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43 (2), pp.182-198

Publisher

Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group (© Informa UK Limited)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on 04/10/2016, available online: https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12427

ISSN

1369-183X

eISSN

1469-9451

Language

es

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