Mig08
Considerations of care needs and death as a critical issue between dwelling and mobility in the lives of senior migrants

Convenors:
Gabriella Nilsson (Lund University)
Anne Leonora Blaakilde
Stream:
Migration
Location:
ZHG 004
Start time:
28 March, 2017 at 16:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The panel addresses the challenges of ageing Europe from a focus on mobility, dwelling and care. What implications do care regimes have for senior migrants - and their options of staying or returning "home"? What are the meanings and motivations of dwelling and mobility in a migration context?

Long abstract:

This panel addresses the challenges of Ageing Europe from a focus on migration, dwelling, welfare and care. The idea of eventually returning "home" is recurrent in migration narratives. This poses challenges concerning the sense of home, family ties and sources for support. In lives marked by migration, considerations of care needs related to frailty, illness and death are salient. However, 'care' seems to be a phenomenon related to dwelling and not to mobility; care provisions appear to be dependent on steady relationships, whether of family relations or of a longer and recognized membership of a specific welfare state. In what ways do consideration of care needs and death become facilitators and barriers, strategies, motivations and meanings in decisions of dwelling and mobility? What implications do care and migration regimes have for senior migrants - and their options and constraints of staying and returning "home"? Who is in charge of caring responsibilities when dwelling has shifted during the life course, and when traditions have changed? What happens to the rights and obligations of seniors who live "in between" countries - but within the EU? What is the situation for senior migrants, who find themselves to be in need of care, but in lack of both family and welfare state? The panel welcomes papers that draw attention to the need to rethink national care regimes. Papers are also invited that explore the complex individual meanings, motivations and experiences of dwelling and mobility in a migration context, particularly considering care and death.