We live in an increasingly mobile society. It is no longer unusual for people to belong to more than one country—or to follow more than one set of national and cultural norms. But as migrants grow older, what affects their decisions about where to live? How do the presence of family, nostalgia for a home country, differences in cost of living, and variations in state forms of care factor into their decisions? And are these decisions likely to shift if migrants become mentally or physically ill?
Dr. Cati Coe, Canada Research Chair in Migration and Care, is studying aging and migration. She and her research team are expanding and informing our understanding of how and why aging migrants make decisions about where to live and what care they want. Their work will produce insights into the services, policies and interventions that will be needed for aging migrants in both the global North and global South.