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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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Concluding reflections

Concluding reflections

(p.241) Twelve Concluding reflections
Return migration in later life

John Percival

Policy Press

This concluding chapter summarises important themes, insights and messages drawn from the book as a whole, and highlights the key factors that appear to affect return migration decision-making, planning and realisation. The chapter considers policy and research implications arising from the book that are relevant to organizations such as public service providers, government departments, agencies working with and for older people, policy developers, research bodies, and commercial organizations with interest and experience in travel and tourism. The chapter reflects on the prospective merits and efficacy of relocation-type services that could assist older returnees become familiar with sources of advice and support in regard to: housing, pensions and social security provision; access to local health and social care systems; and matters related to utilities, banking and insurance. The chapter also addresses indicators for future research, not least in regard to multi-disciplinary work as well as studies that intersect social gerontology, migration and social geography.

Keywords:   Relocation, Policy implications, Multi-disciplinary research, Public service

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