Connected Life Courses: Influences on and Experiences of 'Midlife' In-Migration to Rural Areas

Aileen Stockdale, Marsaili Macleod, Lorna Philip

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This paper aims to contribute to the theorisation of midlife migration into rural areas. Although the factors influencing migration are known to be variable at different stages of a person's life, much less well understood is how migration decisions at different stages of the life course are connected and how post-migration experiences may be influenced by an earlier life course stage. We argue that midlife migration decisions are the product of the migrant's lifetime experiences and influences up until that stage in their life alongside their expectations and aspirations for future life course stages. Using a case study of the Glens of Antrim (Northern Ireland), this paper specifically demonstrates the role of childhood memories to explain midlife migration to a rural area. In doing so, it argues that some findings more commonly associated with second-generation transnational migration are also equally relevant to migration within the UK. Roots migration and place attachment alongside the midlife migrant's post-migration sense of belonging and permanency are found to be influenced by the migrant's earlier memories, behaviours, and experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-257
JournalPopulation, Space and Place
Issue number3
Early online date01 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - 02 Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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