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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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Ageing immigrants and the question of return: new answers to an old dilemma?

Ageing immigrants and the question of return: new answers to an old dilemma?

(p.67) Four Ageing immigrants and the question of return: new answers to an old dilemma?
Return migration in later life

Claudio Bolzman

Policy Press

This chapter is based partly on an empirical study of the circumstances of 442 Italian and Spanish immigrants nearing retirement, carried out as part of the Swiss National Research Programme on Ageing, and also based on qualitative interviews carried out among Italian and Spanish older migrants in Switzerland, in three different periods: 1995-96, 2000 and 2008. The chapter explores ways in which economic resources, family and social networks, health condition, and cultural resources combine to play an important role in migrant decisions about whether to return to their home country, remain in the host country or go back and forth between these countries. The paper analyses how different types of resources and their location influence intentions concerning the future country of residence. It also explores to what extent the preference for staying or returning is exclusive or if these options include living arrangements that allow some transnational mobility.

Keywords:   Economic resources, Family networks, Health condition, Transnational

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