Policy Press

Return Migration in Later Life

International Perspectives

Edited by John Percival


Jul 24, 2013

Page count

272 pages




234 x 156 mm


Policy Press
Return Migration in Later Life

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.