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Social and Cultural Impact of Immigrant Retirees in Cuenca, Ecuador and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

  • Lea Efird
  • Philip D. SloaneEmail author
  • Johanna Silbersack
  • Sheryl Zimmerman
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Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 27)

Abstract

Retiree migration from northern, wealthier countries to more southerly destinations with lower living costs and a more pleasant climate has been mushrooming over the past five decades. In the latter decades of the twentieth century, the largest flow of international retirees was from northern Europe to warmer, less costly, countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, and Malta (Williams et al. 1997). More recently, aging of the baby boomers in the United States and Canada – a cohort that in earlier years has tended to push social boundaries – has led to rapid growth of international retirement migration in the Western hemisphere, particularly to destinations in Latin America (Dixon et al. 2006). This generational characteristic of lifestyle innovation, combined with income limitations and financial insecurity, has resulted in increasing interest in “amenity retirement” abroad (Hayes 2015).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lea Efird
    • 1
  • Philip D. Sloane
    • 1
    Email author
  • Johanna Silbersack
    • 1
  • Sheryl Zimmerman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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