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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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Caribbean return migration in later life: family issues and transnational experiences as influential pre-retirement factors

Caribbean return migration in later life: family issues and transnational experiences as influential pre-retirement factors

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(p.89) Five Caribbean return migration in later life: family issues and transnational experiences as influential pre-retirement factors
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Return migration in later life
Author(s):

Dennis Conway

Robert B Potter

Godfrey St Bernard

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301226.003.0005

The authors of this chapter provide an in-depth analysis of family influences, ties and obligations, in respect of older people's motivation to return to the Caribbean from the United States of America and Europe. This chapter develops a conceptual framework so that the behavioural dynamics of retirement return migration are explained more completely, if contingently. A variety of qualitative approaches, including narrative interviews, reveal that although retirement certainly may be one contributing determinant for the return home of elderly emigrants, other factors may intervene, such as transnational experiences; partnership dissolution; dependent children's migration decisions; siblings’ return to the ancestral homeland; and the desire to be close to kin and extended family. Such factors modify the patterns and processes of life course planning that underline retirement return migration in the contemporary Caribbean, and render conceptual explanations more complex and flexible in terms of timing, motives and mobilities.

Keywords:   Conceptual framework, Family influences, Transnational experiences, Life course planning

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