Interregional Elderly Migration and Population Redistribution in Four Industrialized Countries: A Comparative Analysis

Andrei Rogers, John F. Watkins, Jennifer A. Woodward

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Abstract

Though differing in cultures, languages, and socioeconomic attributes, the industrialized nations of the world share a common characteristic: relatively low fertility levels and relatively high proportions of elderly people. These elderly persons are not spread uniformly across their national territories; they exhibit distinct population geographies. This article examines the elderly migration and population redistribution process in four industrialized countries, identifies their principal retirement regions, and analyzes the sources of regional elderly population growth in these regions. It concludes that the United Kingdom and the United States are approaching the final stages of their “elderly mobility transition,” whereas Japan is only entering the first stage, with Italy occupying a position somewhere in between.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-293
Number of pages43
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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