Retired EU migrants, healthcare rights and European social citizenship

Dwyer, PJ 2001, 'Retired EU migrants, healthcare rights and European social citizenship' , Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 23 (3) , pp. 311-327.

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Drawing on a set of 210 qualitative interviews conducted in six European countries, this paper investigates the citizenship status and experiences of retired EU migrants at both national and European levels. The paper focuses upon the experiences of two types of respondents: ‘Retired Migrants’ (retired nationals of one EU country who moved on retirement and reside in another EU host state) and ‘Returnees’, that is, those migrants who have chosen to return to their country of origin after a period of residence abroad. In particular, this paper will attempt to explore three issues: (a) The extent to which retired migrants have access to, and make use of, the public healthcare systems of the countries in which they reside. (b) Retired migrants’ perceptions and experiences of those systems. (c) Whether or not a lack of access to and/or the quality of public healthcare is an important determinant of return migration decisions, i.e. moves back to the country of origin. By focusing on healthcare the paper combines an analysis of the formal welfare rights available to EU citizens who migrate on retirement (both in terms of their EU rights and their status in the receiving and exporting countries) with qualitative evidence that documents the substantive reality of such rights.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0964-9069
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 15:25
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:52

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