The main objective of this edited volume is to explore the motivations, decision making processes, and consequences, when older people consider or accomplish return migration to their place of origin; and also to raise the public policy profile of this increasingly important subject. The book examines in detail a range of themes affecting return migrations, including: family ties, obligations and their emotive strengths; comparative quality, and cost, of health and welfare provision in host and home countries; older age transitions and cultural affinity with homeland; and psychological adjustment, belonging and attachment to place.
John Percival is Research Associate at Bristol University, UK, and has a background in social work and social gerontology. He has extensive research experience in qualitative and ethnographic studies of older people's health, housing and social care requirements and priorities. He has led work on social inclusion in connection with sight loss, the benefits and disadvantages of assistive technologies, and end-of-life care in domestic settings and care homes.
Introduction: charting the waters of return migration in later life ~ John Percival; Older immigrants leaving Sweden ~ Martin Klinthall; Place and residence attachments in Canada's older population ~ K. Bruce Newbold; Ageing immigrants and the question of return: new answers to an old dilemma? ~ Claudio Bolzman; Caribbean return migration in later-life: family issues and transnational experiences as influential pre-retirement factors ~ Dennis Conway, Robert B Potter and Godfrey St. Bernard; 'We belong to the land': older British immigrants in Australia contemplating and realising return home ~ John Percival; Diasporic returns to the city: Anglo-Indian and Jewish visits to Calcutta in later life ~ Alison Blunt, Jayani Bonnerjee and Noah Hysler-Rubin; Returning to 'roots': Estonian-Australian child migrants visiting the homeland ~ Brad Ruting; Ageing in the ancestral homeland: ethno-biographical reflections on return migration in later life ~ Anastasia Christou; 'The past is a foreign country': vulnerability to mental illness among return migrants: Gerard Leavey and Joanne Eliacin; The blues of the ageing 'retornados': narratives on the return to Chile ~ Erik Olsson; Concluding reflections ~ John Percival.