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The well-being of British expatriate retirees in southern Europe

Warnes, A.M., King, R., Williams, A.M. and Patterson, G. (1999) The well-being of British expatriate retirees in southern Europe. Ageing and Society, 19 (6). pp. 717-740. ISSN 0144-686X


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This article examines the personal outcomes of overseas residence in later life, by analysing some findings from the first large-scale, comparative study of the retirement of British citizens to southern Europe. Four study areas are compared: Tuscany in Italy, Malta, the Costa del Sol of Spain, and the Algarve region of Portugal. The analysis focuses on the expressed reasons for moving to and residing in the areas, the reported advantages and disadvantages, and the respondents' predictions of whether they would stay or leave in response to adverse and beneficial events.

Overall the subjects give very positive reports, but there are considerable differences among the four areas. The associations of individual variation in well-being with both a person's ‘temporal commitment’ to the area and to facets of their social integration are analysed. The onset of severe incapacity, sufficient to prevent the continued running of a home, is the event most likely to cause people to leave their adopted areas of residence.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1999 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: international migration, retirement, health, housing, life-style, well-being
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: 04 Jun 2014 15:34
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X9900759X
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0144686X9900759X
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1518

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