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Diaspora and the Elderly in AVC (Goa) (Research Paper)

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Parvatibai Chowgule College, Margao, Goa-403706, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (8), Pages 40-48, August,14 (2015)

Abstract

This paper focuses on the impact of Diaspora on their elderly parents in the sending society. People always migrate to areas of greener pastures. When members of a family migrate to a distant land, the migration creates a vacuum among the family members of the sending society. In AVC (Goa) large numbers of Roman Catholics have migrated abroad, the migrated are mainly adults leaving behind their elderly parents. The paper attempts to shed light on the implications of such large scale international migration on the elderly left behind. The paper focuses on the implications on the dimensions of social support, economic support and the overall wellbeing of the elderly. Taking case histories and administering questionnaires among the elderly left behind the study proposes that International migration of the young adults may have a positive outcome, where economic support is concern. Whereas, the left behind elderly may not face social isolation if there is considerable support from the community, friends and relatives in the absence of their adult children. Thus, the paper presents that international migration of the adult children can have a positive outcome for the elderly left behind especially where quality of life is concerned.

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