"Migration, Diversity and Inequality in Later Life: Ageing at a Crossroads"

Events 2023

  • Date: Apr 26, 2023
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Goettingen, Room: Hybrid event: Livestream/ Live, Hermann Föge Weg 11
"Migration, Diversity and Inequality in Later Life: Ageing at a Crossroads"
14:30-16:00 (CEST) ▪ Dora Sampaio is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, Netherlands. She is an affiliated researcher with the Max Planck Research Group ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’. Her research interests focus on migration, transnational families, care, intergenerational inequalities, and the life course. She is the author of Migration, Diversity and Inequality in Later Life: Ageing at a Crossroads and co-editor of two recent journal special issues on ageing and migration.

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Migration, mobilities and ageing are defining trends of our time. But how do these experiences intersect? How do they shape one’s life prospects? Migration, Diversity and Inequality in Later Life: Ageing at a Crossroads (Global Diversities, Palgrave Macmillan) sheds light on these complex crossings. The book provides a comprehensive ethnographic study of the diverse and uneven living and ageing experiences of three groups of older migrants – return, lifestyle and ageing-in-place labour migrants – from a comparative perspective. Situated within debates of the ageing-migration nexus, the book explores distinct, overlapping, and life course-contingent migration motivations, ageing experiences and life aspirations. The research takes place in the Portuguese islands of the Azores in the North Atlantic, a crossroads for various kinds of mobilities, everyday life encounters, and unfolding life possibilities. Through an interdisciplinary approach to translocal embodied and emplaced experiences of ageing, the book weaves together contrasting motivations, experiences and aspirations of various groups of later-life migrants who are united in a shared desire to live a ‘good life’ but have unequal resources to achieve this.


Aija Lulle (Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland) is a renowned migration scholar with extensive international research experience related to youth mobilities and life changes related to migration, as well as to geographies and spatialities of children, youth, families and ageing, across Europe. She is a Senior Researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, but before joining the UEF, she worked at Loughborough University and the University of Sussex (UK). She defended her PhD in Human Geography at the University of Latvia in 2014.

Mika Toyota (Max Planck Institute for Human Development) is a research scientist at the Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human development, Berlin, Germany. She was previously a Professor at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan (2012-2020), and taught at the National University of Singapore (2002-2012) and University of Hull, UK (2000-2002). She has worked on the international migration of care workers as well as of retirees who seek care overseas, mainly in East and Southeast Asia. Her current research investigates the phenomenon of “lonely death” and the special cleaning industries that have subsequently emerged.

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