Ageing and migration in Bolivia

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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 explored the consequences that the emigration of the younger generation has for the older generation. The project aimed to provide a better understanding of the ways in which the migrants’ parents cope with the absence of their children. This complements existing work on the left behind that generally deals with the consequences that migration has for the migrants’ children.

This research began with a pilot project that was funded by the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, MICRA, and is currently being expanded with funding from the British Academy and Leverhulme. The pilot involved 20 interviews in Cochabamba and two dissemination events, one in Manchester and one in Cochabamba – the programme and presentations are available here. The second phase involves 40 interviews being carried out in Tarija and in Santa Cruz.

Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, where up to one third of the population lives abroad. We are sampling interviewees across different living arrangements and migration destinations to study how these have additional bearings on the wellbeing of elderly people who stay behind.

On this website you’ll find information about my ongoing and completed research projects on ageing and migration. The site is maintained by Tanja Bastia, and you can contact me by email Tanja.Bastia at Manchester.ac.uk

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This research began with a pilot project that was funded by the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, MICRA, and was expanded with funding from the British Academy and Leverhulme. The pilot involved 20 interviews in Cochabamba and two dissemination events, one in Manchester and one in Cochabamba – the programme and presentations are available on the project website. The second phase involved 40 interviews carried out in Tarija and in Santa Cruz.
Short titleR:HDD Ageing and migration in
Effective start/end date1/01/1431/05/15

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