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Elderly (non)migrants’ narratives of home: A comparative study of place-making in Ireland and Slovakia (EMNaH)

Migrant home-making is a vital component of integration and the sense of belonging to host countries. Most studies conducted about migrant home-making have focused on experiences of adult migrants. EMNaH takes a novel approach to include a group of participants, 65+ year-old (non)migrant female/male whose experiences have been greatly neglected within research on home, migration and place-making as well as in current migrant integration policies across Europe. EMNaH aims to provide an understanding into how demographic and geographic changes in neighborhoods are experienced and narrated by older people who live in care homes. Focused on the importance of memory, the project employ participatory methods such as mapping and photo-elicited interviews in two care homes in Ireland and Slovakia. The project will develop new theories and methodologies on researching with older generations of migrants and non-migrant citizens. This project is funded by Irish Research Council New Foundations programme (2020-2021) and is led by Dr Mastoureh Fathi, at Institute for Social Science Research in 21st Century (ISS21).

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