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ERIC Number: EJ812116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0197-6664
Transnational Older Adults and Their Families
Treas, Judith
Family Relations, v57 n4 p468-478 Oct 2008
This qualitative study explores the international migration patterns and the family lives of older adults. Informants (N = 54) reported that they came to the United States to help out their grown children with housekeeping, child care, and domestic economizing. They described how they strategically navigated U.S. immigration laws choosing to visit, immigrate, or naturalize in order to balance their ties to the United States and their homeland. Their transnational loyalties sometimes led to lives that did not strictly match their visa categories. There were "permanent" temporary visitors, U.S. permanent residents who maintained a "permanent" home elsewhere, and U.S. citizens who had naturalized in order to spend more time abroad. Implications of the findings for immigration policy and family practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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