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Where research on migration has classically centered on young people, studies of aging have generally focused on particular places. In this video, MEGHA AMRITH and her research group bring these two processes together, exploring the implications of growing older across borders, in a globalized world. Combining ethnographic field work across multiple sites with broader cultural studies, the research highlights the fact that aging in migratory contexts is a highly diverse phenomenon which is often marked by inequality. With clear implications for social policy, the research urges that we move beyond stereotypical assumptions about aging and migration both within and outside of the academy.


Anthropologist Dr. Megha Amrith is Research Group Leader for ‘Aging in a Time of Mobility’ at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Having completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Amrith has previously held research positions at the United Nations University Institute for Globalization, Culture and Mobility (Barcelona) and the University of São Paolo. Her research interests include international migration, aging, belonging and citizenship. Her monograph Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia was published in 2017.


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Ageing in a Time of Mobility: A Research Agenda

Amrith Megha
Published in 2018

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