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Rebordering Britain & Britons after Brexit

Analysing migrants' ageing in place as embodied practices of embedding through time: 'Kilburn is not Kilburn any more'

Abstract

There is growing attention to how people navigate and make sense of particular places through the ageing process. Against this backdrop, there is increasing research on ageing in contexts of migration. Although much of this research focuses on retirement and return migration, comparatively less is known about migrants who remain in the destination society, especially in advanced old age. Drawing on qualitative data, we analyse the experiences of three groups of ageing migrants who have been less visible in research and policy (Caribbean, Irish, and Polish) and of those living in two U.K. sites (London and Yorkshire). Using the concept of embedding, we analyse migrants' identifications with and attachment to particular places over time. In so doing, we highlight not only how migrants negotiate dynamic local places through embodied ageing processes but also how these negotiations may be mediated by wider sociopolitical events including Brexit and the `Windrush scandal'.

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Population Space and Place

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Louise Ryan (United Kingdom)
Majella Kilkey (United Kingdom)
Magdolna Lorinc (United Kingdom)
Obert Tawodzera (United Kingdom)

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