The Migration and Well-Being of the Zero Generation: Transgenerational Care, Grandparenting, and Loneliness amongst Albanian Older People

R. King, E. Cela, T. Fokkema, J. Vullnetari

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the so-called ‘zero generation’: the parents of first-generation migrants who are initially left behind in the migrant country of origin and who may subsequently follow their children in migration or engage in transnational back-and-forth mobility.We challenge the prevailing optic on the left-behind older generation that sees them as dependent and in need of care, and stress instead their active participation both in migration and in the administration of care and support to their children and grandchildren. Drawing on interviews with mainly zerogeneration Albanians, and also some firstgeneration migrants, in various geographical contexts – Albania, Italy,Greece, and theUK – we trace their evolving patterns of mobility, intergenerational care, well-being, and loneliness both in Albania and abroad. In telling the often-overlooked story of the zero generation, we highlight both their vulnerability and agency in different circumstances and at different times, shaped by family composition and the ageing process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-738
JournalPopulation, Space and Place
Volume20
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • zero generation
  • transnational migration
  • intergenerational care
  • well-being
  • loneliness
  • Albania
  • SSCI

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