UK migration and welfare regimes

Ahmed, A 'UK migration and welfare regimes' , in: Ageing in the Context of Migration , Sage. (In Press)

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This chapter focuses on the welfare and migration regimes in the UK. It addresses the impact that migration and welfare regimes have on the lives of older migrants in terms of access to Long Term Care (LTC) and social exclusion. A central premise of the chapter is that older migrants in the UK are relatively disadvantaged in relation to the host population due to their heterogeneous migration trajectories, being ‘other’ and also in terms of how they engage with and experience social policies. The chapter considers how and why older migrants are excluded in the UK and places this discussion in the context of both welfare and migration regimes, highlighting how older migrants can experience a double jeopardy through being old and also being a migrant. The chapter discusses socio-demographic processes behind ageing and migration, locating these within the context of macro-social forces. Historical and contemporary migration landmarks in the UK are considered and the profile of migrants in the UK is unravelled. These issues are then considered within the current context of progressive conservatism underpinning the UK’s welfare reform and the marketization of welfare. The chapter concludes by focusing on the challenges faced by older migrants in terms of accessing LTC and facing social exclusion.

Item Type: Book Section
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Memory, Text and Place
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: A Ahmed
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2015 10:04
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:51

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