Motivated by the steady increase in the population of older migrants worldwide, this book acknowledges the diversity within this population group and provides an interdisciplinary and multi-level approach for studying older migrants’ strategies to overcome vulnerability.
The book brings together original research on the topics of diversity among older migrants, social vulnerability, loneliness, (transnational) care and support networks. Based on a review of the growing literature on the topic of older migrants and anchored in the empirical findings discussed in the chapters, the book puts forward a general approach to study older migrants as social actors who develop strategies to surpass vulnerabilities. As documented by empirical research, older migrants mobilise their resources and are able to deal with structural opportunities and restrictions operating at meso and macro levels. These strategies are placed at the intersection between family obligations and resources, social networks, and migration and care regimes.
The interdisciplinary and multi-level research in this book acknowledges the heterogeneity within the population of older migrants and puts forward research results that have implications for policies targeting the growing population of older migrants. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
Introduction – Ageing as a migrant: vulnerabilities, agency and policy implications
Ruxandra Oana Ciobanu, Tineke Fokkema and Mihaela Nedelcu
1. Unpacking the ageing–migration nexus and challenging the vulnerability trope
Russell King, Aija Lulle, Dora Sampaio and Julie Vullnetari
2. The role of religion in protecting older Romanian migrants from loneliness
Ruxandra Oana Ciobanu and Tineke Fokkema
3. ‘A totally new world has been opening up for me’ – experiences of older German migrants who are actively involved in the German-speaking community in Ottawa, Canada
4. Social ties and embeddedness in old age: older Turkish labour migrants in Vienna
5. Forms of care among native Swiss and older migrants from Southern Europe: a comparison
Claudio Bolzman and Giacomo Vagni
6. Older migrants in Luxembourg – care preferences for old age between family and professional services
Ute Karl, Anne Carolina Ramos and Boris Kühn
7. Growing old in exile – a longitudinal study of migrant women from Turkey
Anika Liversage and Gretty Mizrahi Mirdal
8. Cross-border mobility and long-distance communication as modes of care circulation: insights from the Peruvian ‘zero generation’
9. Transnational ageing and the ‘zero generation’: the role of Moroccan migrants’ parents in care circulation
Ethnic and Migration Studies will publish the results of first-class research on all forms of migration and its consequences, covering diverse topics such as ethnic conflict, discrimination, racism, nationalism, citizenship and policies of integration. This series will focus particularly on comparative research, assessing the consequences of migration in a variety of European countries, or comparing the impact of migration in one or more European countries and the countries of North America and the Asia-Pacific.