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Old woman in Bolivia

Ageing and migration

Migration has significant consequences for the ‘left behind’ – the family members who do not migrate. These include economic and social aspects of their well-being. This project explores the consequences of international migration for the older generation.

The aim is to provide a better understanding of the ways in which the migrants’ parents cope with the absence of their children. This will complement existing work on the left behind that generally deals with the consequences that migration has for the migrants’ children. The research is being carried out in five regions of Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, which also has a significant migrant population. The aim is to sample interviewees across different living arrangements and migration destinations to study how these have additional bearings on the wellbeing of elderly people who stay behind. 

This project is being carried out by Dr Tanja Bastia, it is funded by Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, MICRA, the British Academy and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. The final phase of the project will be carried out in collaboration with HelpAge Bolivia.

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