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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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The blues of the ageing retornados: narratives on the return to Chile

The blues of the ageing retornados: narratives on the return to Chile

(p.219) Eleven The blues of the ageing retornados: narratives on the return to Chile
Return migration in later life
Erik Olsson
Policy Press

This chapter focuses on political exile and transnational relationships, between returnees in Chile and the diaspora in Sweden. Based on ethnographic work, the chapter examines the influence of the Swedish diaspora in helping explain different motivations for return: discussion contrasts returnees in the 1990s, characterised by their politically motivated return to Chile following the demise of dictatorship, with later returnees, no less politically oriented but more motivated to return because of family and kin affiliations and the cultural roots of their ‘people’. This change in the way returnees express their ideas on return reflects a change in the meaning expressed about return to Chile in the Swedish diaspora. Furthermore, older returnees in particular tend to position themselves as ‘diasporics’ even after their return, and have instrumental as well as social reasons for maintaining connections with Sweden and their diasporic networks.

Keywords:   Transnational relationship, Political motivation, Diasporic networks, Cultural

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