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Ageing in Contexts of Migration

1st Edition

Edited by Ute Karl, Sandra Torres


204 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Population ageing and the globalisation of international migration are challenging the research agendas of social scientists around the world, and posing numerous challenges for policy makers and practitioners whose goal is to formulate and design high-quality and user-friendly policies and services. Both of these phenomena have brought, for example, attention to the fact that more and more people around the world are ageing in countries other than those where they were born. The fact that elderly care sectors around the world need to recruit staff if they are to handle the growing number of older people that will need their services is also something that has been discussed when population ageing and the globalisation of international migration have been debated. The elderly care sector’s reliance on people with migrant backgrounds has namely increased as a result of these phenomena.

This collection is therefore situated at the intersection of ageing and migration studies and takes into account the various issues with which this intersection is concerned. The chapters in this volume are written by established researchers in the field of ageing and migration around the world. The collection explores these issues in three sections:

  • Elderly care regimes and migration regimes: national perspectives
  • Ageing in contexts of migration: a multifaceted phenomenon
  • Elderly care and migration.

The expert contributions in this volume address the array of issues associated with the study of ageing, old age and elderly care in contexts of migration.


"The editors tackle issues associated with unprecedented worldwide aging and the concomitant pressures of increased migration. Organized into three parts, “Elderly Care Regimes and Migration Regimes,” "Aging in the Context of Migration," and "Elderly Care in the Context of Migration," the volume focuses on national perspectives in those areas. The contributors deal with aging processes, migration processes, and older people as providers of care in the world, especially in Europe and the US. They aim to shift the research focus from what the editors call a “reductionist” approach of “who older migrants are and what they need,” raising questions and concepts that identify broad areas for future research and policy directions. Papers often provide a historical, political, and sociocultural context to the particular situation of the older individuals and care workers in the targeted country. Though some papers address trends across countries, others focus on a particular country, including Sweden, Poland, Luxembourg, the UK, Germany, France, the US, Italy, and Denmark. Some theoretical concepts include how and why migrants might return to their countries of origin, professional identities of care workers, and what is work in the context of retirement."

R. R. Shield, Brown University, CHOICE

Table of Contents

Introduction:A migration lens on inquiries into ageing, old age, elderly care: carving a space while assessing the state of affairs, Sandra Torres & Ute Karl Part I: Elderly Care Regimes and Migration Regimes: National perspectives 1. At the Intersection between an Elderly Care Regime and a Migration Regime: The Swedish case as an example, Sandra Torres 2. The Elderly Care Regime and Migration Regime after the EU Accession: The case of Poland, Jolanta Perek-Białas & Krystyna Slany 3. Elderly Migrants in Luxembourg: Diversity and inequality, Paul Zahlen 4. UK’s Elderly Care and Migration Regimes, Anya Ahmed 5. Troublesome Movements: Migration and ageing regimes in Germany, Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz Part II: Ageing in the Context of Migration: A multifaceted phenomenon 6. Older Migrants' Ageing and Dying: An intergenerational perspective, Claudine Attias-Donfut 7. Is there a way Back? A state-of-the-art review of the literature on retirement return migration, Ruxandra Oana Ciobanu & Anne Carolina Ramos 8. Expectations of Care and Support in Old Age by Bangladeshi and Pakistani Elders, Christina Victor & Maria Zubair 9. Migrants’ Post-Retirement Practices: A migratory life-course approach to the study of work, Ute Karl & Anne Carolina Ramos 10. Yearning to be free: the American dreams and ageing realities of older migrants from the USSR, Allen Glicksman Part III: Elderly Care in the Context of Migration 11. Migrant Homecare Workers in Elder Care: The state of the art, Esther Iecovich 12. The Employment of Migrant Workers in Italy’s Elder Care: Opportunities and challenges, Francesco Barbabella, Mirko Di Rosa, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre & Giovanni Lamura 13.More Diversity, Better Quality of Care: Constructions of professional identity and work culture among migrant care workers in Denmark, Tine Rostgaard 14. The Perceived Differences in the Recognition of Migrant Care Workers' Credentials in Germany, Johanna Krawietz & Stefanie Visel

About the Editors

Ute Karl is Associate Professor of Social Work at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Work, Social Pedagogy, Social Welfare at the University of Luxembourg.

Sandra Torres is Professor of Sociology and Chair of Social Gerontology in the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General