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Transnational networks: supporting older Transylvanian Saxons in Romania

Schroeder-Butterfill, Elisabeth and Schonheinz, Julia (2008) Transnational networks: supporting older Transylvanian Saxons in Romania At 6th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology. 16 - 18 Oct 2008.

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Migration and its effects on identity and integration form an important part of international research today, but this research often tends to focus on the situation of younger migrants and their children. However, throughout the world, older people are affected directly or indirectly by migration, whether through personal relocation to another country late in life, or through their children’s resettlement.

By examining the case of older Transylvanian Saxons in Romania, a country that has seen massive out-migration of its German-speaking minority since 1990 (from 150,000 to just 14,000 now), this research seeks to address key issues concerning old age provision from the perspective of transnational families. The study includes the profiling of ‘stayers’ and investigates their decisions to remain in Romania. It analyses their changing situation, their needs as they get older, and the role migrant children and relatives play in their care. The research also examines the presence and significance of locally-based, transnationally-funded charity organisations in the welfare provision of older Transylvanian Saxons.

The research study reports on the findings collected through fieldwork in Transylvania as part of a one-year pilot study, including key issues to be addressed such as the effects of migration on Transylvanian Saxons who have resettled in Germany in later life, and the implications for Romanian families who have been affected by a sharp rise in international work migration by younger generations in recent years.

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Published date: October 2008
Venue - Dates: 6th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, 2008-10-16 - 2008-10-18
Organisations: Social Sciences


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Date deposited: 05 Nov 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:19

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Author: Julia Schonheinz

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