The migration and well-being of the zero generation: transgenerational care, grandparenting, and loneliness amongst Albanian older people

King, Russell, Cela, Eralba, Fokkema, Tineke and Vullnetari, Julie (2014) The migration and well-being of the zero generation: transgenerational care, grandparenting, and loneliness amongst Albanian older people. Population, Space and Place, 20 (8). pp. 728-738. ISSN 1544-8444

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the so-called ‘zero generation’: the parents of first-generation migrants who are initially left behind in the migrant country of origin and who may subsequently follow their children in migration or engage in transnational back-and-forth mobility. We challenge the prevailing optic on the left-behind older generation that sees them as dependent and in need of care, and stress instead their active participation both in migration and in the administration of care and support to their children and grandchildren. Drawing on interviews with mainly zero-generation Albanians, and also some first-generation migrants, in various geographical contexts – Albania, Italy, Greece, and the UK – we trace their evolving patterns of mobility, intergenerational care, well-being, and loneliness both in Albania and abroad. In telling the often-overlooked story of the zero generation, we highlight both their vulnerability and agency in different circumstances and at different times, shaped by family composition and the ageing process.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 29 OCT 2014
Keywords: zero generation; transnational migration; intergenerational care; well-being; loneliness; Albania.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 15:49
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2015 15:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52227
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