Runnymede report on ‘Retirement Migration Decisions among Older People’

‘To Stay or Not to Stay. Retirement Migration Decisions among Older People’ was published by Runnymede in December 2011.

The report, by Phil Mawhinney and Omar Khan, shows the considerations that influence how older BME people decide where to spend retirement.

Based on research among Caribbean, Moroccan and white British people, it shows that some overseas-born people want to ‘return’ overseas when they retire but face significant barriers, such as ‘frozen’ state pensions and more expensive healthcare. The report calls for the government to ensure that those moving abroad can receive fully-uprated pensions and to re-think how people can receive repayment for the contributions made in the UK if they live overseas when retired.

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