This book charts the development of mobility and welfare rights for those citizens exercising their right to move or return home on retirement under the Free Movement of Persons provisions and explores their experiences of international mobility. It is set within the context of 'Citizenship of the Union'.
Senior citizenship? draws on substantial primary research material to:
combine detailed analysis of the framework of EU rights shaping social with in-depth qualitative interviews involving retired migrants across six member states (Greece, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ireland);
describe and evaluate an innovative approach to comparative enquiry that combines biographical interviews with legal and qualitative analysis;
highlight the diverse nature of retirement migration encompassing the experiences of returning workers, migrating retirees and post retirement returnees.
Topics are explored thematically in the context of comparative social policy, raising important and topical issues around the future of social citizenship and the implications of the exercise of agency, in an increasingly global and mobile world.
Louise Ackers is Jean Monnet Professor in European Law and Director of the Centre for the Study of Law in Europe at the University of Leeds. She has directed a number of projects concerned with the legal aspects of mobility within the EU, citizenship and comparative social policy. Peter Dwyer is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. His research focuses on social citizenship and welfare reform.
Contents: Introduction; Citizenship, well-being and agency in the European Union; Shades of citizenship: the legal status of retirement migrants; Movements to some purpose?; Health/care, well-being and citizenship; Money matters; Moving and caring; Conclusions: retirement migration: the challenge to social citizenship?