The book by Dr Anya Ahmed describes research carried out as part of her PhD, which explores the experiences of 17 British women who decided to retire to Spain. Retirement migration is expected to increase given the increasing globalisation of our world. For example, a few years ago my own parents migrated from the Netherlands to Australia aged in their late 60s. Some of Dr Ahmed's analyses apply to my own parents and my own experiences as a Dutch migrant. A milder climate, economic reasons, lifestyle or family reunion, and many more factors can play an important part in migrants’ decisions to migrate. Data for the study were collected early in 2000, prior to the global financial crisis and the recent Brexit referendum. However, I believe that some elements of the author's interpretation of nostalgia, belonging and community, and her critical analyses, are independent of time and place.The book comprises two major parts. Part 1, ‘Lives in context’, is about conceptualising, theorising and narrating retirement migration. Dr Ahmed discusses migration theories and explains her own interesting approach to theory. She explains how women's experiences and agency are situated within wider structural contexts. She discusses the macro contexts that allow
Australasian Journal on Ageing – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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