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Migration and regional differences in access to local family networks among 60-year olds in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2014-7179
2015 (English)In: Journal of Population Ageing, ISSN 1874-7884, E-ISSN 1874-7876, Vol. 8, no 3, 173-185 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Regional variations in access to local family networks has implications for future care burdens in different regions as well as the living conditions for both older and younger generations. The geographical distance between family members is a long-term consequence of accumulated migration and non-migration undertaken by the individual as well as other family members. This study contributes to this subject through offering a description of regional disparities in the access to local family networks among 60-year olds in Sweden. Additionally, this paper aims to analyse this pattern as an outcome of long-distance migration processes. The empirical study is based on Swedish register data, with a focus on 60-year olds in Sweden, linking them to their adult children, siblings and parents as well as in-laws. The dataset includes total population, where it is possible to identify family networks in their geographical context on various geographic scales, down to a neighbourhood level. As expected, results indicate that families in metropolitan areas are the most concentrated geographically while the left behind parent, embedded in a local network in their own and older generation, is a small category in urban areas but quite common in some rural municipalities. It is also shown that access to local family networks not only varies on a broad rural–urban scale but also locally, between neighbourhoods within metropolitan areas.

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Springer Netherlands, 2015. Vol. 8, no 3, 173-185 p.
Keyword [en]
Local family networks, Internal migration, Intergenerational families, Regional differences in ageing, Sweden
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110687DOI: 10.1007/s12062-015-9117-zOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-110687DiVA: diva2:864221
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2011-1050
Available from: 2015-10-26 Created: 2015-10-26 Last updated: 2015-12-10Bibliographically approved

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