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Return migration in later lifeInternational perspectives$
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John Percival

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301226

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301226.001.0001

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Charting the waters: return migration in later life

Charting the waters: return migration in later life

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Return migration in later life
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John Percival

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301226.003.0001

This introductory chapter presents the aims, rationale, context, scope and layout of the book, with a brief synopsis of each author's chapter. The chapter begins by reviewing current knowledge as a basis for arguing that there are two important and related reasons for a consolidated focus on the subject of return migration in later life: a need for more detailed research on return migration; and a general lack of attention to migration in later life. The chapter then introduces relevant themes that receive attention throughout the book, including: migration flows and patterns; identity and place attachment; life course perspectives; family ties and obligations; and health and resource planning. Further chapters in the book are briefly introduced in respect of descriptive groupings: propensities and determinants; motivations and strategies; priorities and evaluations; and personal and cultural consequences of return.

Keywords:   Life course, Place attachment, Older people, Return migration

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