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Northern European retired residents in nine southern European areas: characteristics, motivations and adjustment

Casado-Diaz, M.A., Kaiser, C. and Warnes, A.M. (2004) Northern European retired residents in nine southern European areas: characteristics, motivations and adjustment. Ageing and Society, 24 (3). pp. 353-381. ISSN 0144-686X


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During the last two decades, northern European retirement residence in the southern European sunbelt has grown strongly and its forms have rapidly changed, but standard demographic and social statistical sources provide no information about the flows, the migrants or their increasingly mobile and complex residential patterns. Considerable primary research has however recently been undertaken into the causes, conditions, experiences and consequences of international retirement migration (IRM) by investigators from Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Many collaborated when designing their studies and instruments, and all have subsequently worked together in a European Science Foundation Scientific Network.

This paper compares the findings of six systematic social surveys in (to be more precise than the title) eight regions of southern Europe and the Canary Islands: all that have tackled similar research questions with similar methods and instruments. It presents interpretations of several comparative tables compiled from their original data, with a focus on the socio-economic backgrounds, motivations and behaviour of the various migrant groups and their relationship with the host and home countries. The paper presents new findings about the typical and variant forms of IRM, and additional understanding of the heterogeneity of the retirees of different nations and in the several regions.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: retirement, international migration, Europe, lifestyle, mobility, residence
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Medicine (Sheffield) > Clinical Sciences Division North (Sheffield) > Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing
The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 06:31
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X04001898
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0144686X04001898
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1516

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