Where is 'place' in Aging in place? Transnational issues for the Danish state and its retirement migrants abroad

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The aim of this article is to contribute a transnational perspective to the field of environmental gerontology and the concept of aging in place. Seniors from the northern hemisphere, among them Danish citizens, are increasingly adapting to transnational lives as they move to warmer climates. This article builds on a qualitative study among Danish retirement migrants regarding their experiences with the need for care or support while living abroad. Denmark is a welfare state with a long history of public nursing homes and in-home care for frail elderly persons. This system of governance is influenced by universalism, aiming at equality in terms of access to health services and care. However, these welfare provisions seem to be deeply embedded in methodological nationalism, since only citizens with residence within the borders of Denmark have the right to live in public nursing homes or receive in-home help. It is argued that we should consider public solutions to the problems faced by frail Danish citizens in transnational settings, enhancing their opportunities to live abroad.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Housing for the Elderly
Issue number1-2
Pages (from-to)146-163
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Faculty of Humanities, ageing, retirement, welfarestate, housing

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