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Retirement Home? Ageing Migrant Workers in France and the Question of Return

Authors: Hunter, Alistair

  • First major work in English on France’s migrant worker hostels, a massive state-led housing policy for migrant workers
  • Presents an innovative methodology that combines multi-sited and in-transit ethnography spanning France, Morocco and Senegal
  • Challenges existing theories of migration based respectively on economic costs/benefits and the location of family members
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This open access book offers new insights into the ageing-migration nexus and the nature of home. Documenting the hidden world of France’s migrant worker hostels, it explores why older North and West African men continue to live past retirement age in this sub-standard housing. Conventional wisdom holds that at retirement labour migrants ought to instead return to their families in home countries, where their French pensions would have far greater purchasing power.

This paradox is the point of departure for a book which transports readers from the banlieues of Paris to the banks of the Senegal River and  the villages of the Anti-Atlas. In intimate ethnographic detail, the author brings to life the experiences of these older labour migrants by sharing in the life of the hostels as a resident, by observing at close quarters the men's family life on the other side of the Mediterranean as a guest in their homes, and even by accompanying them in their travels by bus, sea, and air. 

The monograph evaluates several theories of migration against rich qualitative data gathered from multiple methods: biographical narrative and semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and archival research. In the process, it offers a thoughtful contribution to broader debates on what it means for migrants to belong and achieve inclusion in society.  

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Journey’s End? Old Age in France’s Migrant Worker Hostels

    Hunter, Alistair

    Pages 1-28

  • Points of Departure: Geographical, Historical and Theoretical Contexts

    Hunter, Alistair

    Pages 29-59

  • Your Papers, Please: The Temporal and Territorial Demands of Welfare State Inclusion

    Hunter, Alistair

    Pages 61-81

  • Home/Sick: The Health–Migration Order

    Hunter, Alistair

    Pages 83-104

  • Return to Sender: Remittances, Communication and Family Conflict

    Hunter, Alistair

    Pages 105-127

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64976-4
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 51,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64975-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Retirement Home? Ageing Migrant Workers in France and the Question of Return
Authors
Series Title
IMISCOE Research Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64976-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64976-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64975-7
Series ISSN
2364-4087
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 211
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations
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