Ageing ‘here’ or ‘there’? Spatio-temporalities in older labour migrants’ return aspirations from the azores

Sampaio, Dora (2017) Ageing ‘here’ or ‘there’? Spatio-temporalities in older labour migrants’ return aspirations from the azores. Finisterra, 52 (106). pp. 49-64. ISSN 0430-5027

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Abstract

In this article, I seek to unpack the multiple spatio-temporalities in older migrants’ ideas about return, shedding light on the complex set of motivations and imaginaries that precede return migration. The paper springs from a space-time approach based on the assertion that return aspirations are continuously shaped and negotiated both in and out of place. The discussion is framed around 36 in-depth life narrative interviews with later-life labour migrants living in the Azores, and a seven-month period of ethnographic fieldwork. The role of spatial dimensions such as the place of settlement and the country of origin, and temporal features such as age, length of stay in the host country or stage of life at the time of migration, is discussed in detail. The paper identifies a ‘family-work matrix’ and a ‘home-host country dialectic’ as central forces shaping migrants’ thoughts and possibilities of return. The multi-stranded, time-fluid, space-induced, context-dependent nature of (return) migration decisions is highlighted and it is shown that an apparent satisfactory social integration in the destination country does not, by itself, prevent migrants’ desire to return.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Return aspirations; spatio-temporalities; older labour migrants; Azores.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration
Depositing User: Dora Isabel Martins Sampaio
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2017 11:49
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 10:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70568

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Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
Ageing and migration in the AzoresUnsetPortuguese Foundation for Science and TechnologySFRH/BD/87963/2012