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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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Older immigrants leaving Sweden

Older immigrants leaving Sweden

(p.21) Two Older immigrants leaving Sweden
Return migration in later life

Martin Klinthäll

Policy Press

This chapter presents pertinent and very interesting analyses of Swedish registration data on the emigrations and return migrations of older foreign-born residents during 1990-2007. Results show that, for both men and women, there are clear retirement effects on the propensity for return migration. At the age of 65, the standard age of retirement in Sweden, there is a 20 to 30 per cent increase in the propensity for return migration, with rates of return that are about 40 per cent higher compared with those aged 55-64. Furthermore, immigrants below the age of 65, who have retired early due to sickness or disability, display much higher propensity for return migration compared with those who have not received early retirement compensation. Determinants are discussed in regard to civil, marital, and socio-economic status; gender; age cohort; income and education; length of residence in the host country; and the economic situation in the home country.

Keywords:   Propensity, Retirement, Rates of return, Marital status, Gender

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