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Language use and social inclusion in internationalretirement migration
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, University of Stavanger, Norway .
2017 (English)In: Social Inclusion, ISSN 2183-2803, E-ISSN 2183-2803, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 69-77Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The migration of older people in search for improved quality of life has become an important form of human mobility, andpopular retirement destinations are often highly multilingual settings. This article explores language use and social inclu-sion in international retirement migration through a case study of Scandinavian retirees in the Alicante province in Spain.It examines the linguistic landscape they meet, their language use and their inclusion in their new home country. Inter-views with retired migrants and key local individuals show that many migrants try to learn the host country language, butthat these attempts are often not very successful. As a result, they frequently use either their native language or Englishfor everyday communication. This article elaborates on three theoretical and political notions of inclusion—assimilation,multiculturalism and civic integration—and discusses how retired migrants’ language use can be interpreted in the light ofthese notions.

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COGITATIO PRESS , 2017. Vol. 5, no 4, p. 69-77
Keywords [en]
international retirement migration; language; multilingualism; social inclusion; Spain
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338921DOI: 10.17645/si.v5i4.1133ISI: 000422676500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-338921DiVA, id: diva2:1174005
Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-03-08Bibliographically approved

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