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Ageing immigrants and the question of return: New answers to an old dilemma?

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2013
Author Bolzman Claudio,
Project Old Age Democratization? Progresses and Inequalities in Switzerland
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Return migration in later life. International perspectives
Editor , Percival John
Publisher Policy Press, Bristol
Page(s) 67 - 87
ISBN 9781447301226
Title of proceedings Return migration in later life. International perspectives


This chapter explores dilemmas that immigrants from Italy and Spain may face, when nearing retirement in Switzerland and considering their future country of residence. In particular, the chapter examines these dilemmas from two complementary theoretical perspectives: institutional and transnational. It is argued that both theoretical perspectives, institutional and transnational, are not necessarily contradictory and can be seen as complementary. The relevance of both theoretical perspectives is considered by using data from a survey of the circumstances of Italian and Spanish immigrants nearing retirement in Switzerland, carried out as part of the Swiss National Research Programme on Ageing, together with data from qualitative interviews with these populations.