International migration: patterns and implications for exclusion in old age

Sandra Torres

in From exclusion to inclusion in old age

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847427731
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307693 | DOI:
International migration: patterns and implications for exclusion in old age

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Relating closely to globalisation trends, the context for the chapter by Sandra Torres is the interconnection between international migration flows and the ways in which such migration is changing the demographics of ageing populations across the world and societies' ethnic composition. In examining contrasting approaches to exploring exclusion issues by social gerontologists and researchers who focus on international migration and ethnic relations, the chapter argues that the diversity of older migrants poses a challenge to social gerontology's theoretical, policy- and practice-oriented assumptions regarding who migrants are and what they need. While the 'migratory life-course' is associated with specific exclusionary risks, the mechanisms of social exclusion work differently according to when, why and where older migrants to western industrialised nations have come from. An ethnicity and race-aware take on social exclusion is shown to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions that well-designed policies and practices can reduce exclusion in later life.

Keywords: International migration; Ethnicity; Life course; Ageing; Older people; Social exclusion

Chapter.  7566 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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