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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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Place and residence attachments in Canada's older population

Place and residence attachments in Canada's older population

(p.43) Three Place and residence attachments in Canada's older population
Return migration in later life

K Bruce Newbold

Policy Press

This original empirical chapter reports on an instructive analysis of authoritative Canadian national data, to explore place ties and other location attachments accumulated over a lifespan, such as school, workplace or favoured vacation destination. The chapter analyses ‘fixed interval’ return (migrations returning an individual to the region of residence five years prior to census day) and onward (migrations to a subsequent destination) migration among Canada's older population. The chapter examines the incidence, composition, spatial patterning, and correlates of these migrations. Analysis reveals a migration system that is largely complementary to that observed within the broader population, although onward migration is relatively unimportant for this group, and the motivations and characteristics vary by age group amongst older migrants. The chapter also raises methodological issues, including sampling and ability to generalize results.

Keywords:   Place ties, Repeated migration, Characteristics, Older migrants

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