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Senior citizenship? Retirement, mobility and welfare in the European Union

By L Ackers and PJ Dwyer


Debates about citizenship in Europe, particularly in relation to social policy and welfare provision, are set to become increasingly topical as the European Union expands and moves towards greater integration. This book charts the development of mobility and welfare rights for those citizens exercising their right to move or return home on retirement under the Free Movement of Persons provisions and explores their experiences of internati onal mobility. It is set within the context of "Citizenship of the Union". "Senior citizenship?" draws on substantial primary research material to: combine detailed analysis of the framework of EU rights shaping social with in-depth qualitative interviews involving retired migrants across six member states (Greece, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ireland); describe and evaluate an innovative approach to comparative enquiry that combines biographical interviews with legal and qualitative analysis; highlight the diverse nature of retirement migration encompassing the experiences of returning workers, migrating retirees and post retirement returnees. Topics are explored thematically in the context of comparative social policy, raising important and topical issues a round the future of social citizenship and the implications of the exercise of agency, in an increasingly global and mobile world

Topics: HM, other
Publisher: Policy Press
Year: 2002
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