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Late life second move housing choices of international retiree migrants

Karen M. Gibler, José Casado-Díaz (), Mari Angeles Casado-Díaz, Vicente Rodríguez and Paloma Taltavull de La Paz ()

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 2009, vol. 2, issue 2, 190-210

Abstract: Purpose - Many international retirement migrants are amenity movers undertaking the first move in the late life course model of migration. The purpose of this paper is to examine second moves within the retirement destination community to test whether the model of late life course migration accurately portrays the motivations and housing choices local movers make after retiring to another country. Design/methodology/approach - The paper combines secondary data and survey results to examine the composition of the retiree migrant population in the Alicante province of Spain. The socioeconomic characteristics and housing choices of those who have made a second move since retiring to Spain are compared with those who have not moved through a series of Findings - The paper finds that those who have made a second move within Spain are somewhat typical of second movers in the late life course. They are likely to cite mobility or health problems as a reason for moving and appear to recognize the need for a home that provides living area on one floor. Yet, they are choosing to move within an area that does not provide them with access to informal family care givers. Research limitations/implications - The data are restricted to retirees of two nationalities in one province of Spain. Further research is suggested in other locations and with retirees of other nationalities for comparison. Practical implications - Because many international retirees do not plan to return to their countries of origin, they will create demand for formal in-home care services and supportive retiree housing in the near future in their retirement destination countries. Originality/value - This paper provides understanding of a growing consumer housing segment in retirement destinations.

Keywords: Retirement; Immigration; Life planning; Spain; Expatriates; Housing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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