Returning at retirement: British migrants coming 'home' in later life

Walsh, Katie (2018) Returning at retirement: British migrants coming 'home' in later life. In: British migration: privilege, diversity and vulnerability. Routledge, Oxon, pp. 182-198. ISBN 9781138690332

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This chapter draws on qualitative research with British return migrants to explore the vulnerabilities related to ageing in the Gulf. I examine in depth, the narratives of three Britons who migrated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as part of the broader flows of skilled migrants in the 1970s and 1980s responding to opportunities arising from the urbanisation and development of the region. Now in their seventies and living in the UK, these British returnees evoke the sense of vulnerability they felt when reaching formal retirement age in the UAE after several decades of residence with migrant status. They recount their varied success in delaying and navigating reluctant and, in some cases, involuntary returns in later life.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Depositing User: Katie Walsh
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2018 14:21
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 17:18
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