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Research project

'Left like stones in the middle of the road': The Impact of Migration on Older Persons in Rural SE Albania

Project overview

In this MSc dissertation project I looked at the ways in which the emigration of working-age adult children has impacted their parents who stayed in the origin villages. It draws on a small number of in-depth interviews with older people in a rural area of SouthEast Albania, whose children and grandchildren had moved internally or abroad, leaving these older parents on their own. The study sought to understand these questions of living with migration, and often loneliness, in older age in Albania from the perspective of older people, and sought to make recommendations for policy makers to improve the situation.


Lead researcher

Dr Julie Vullnetari

Associate Dean EDI

Research interests

  • Linking migration to development
  • Older people in migration and development
  • Critical border studies
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Research outputs

Nina Conkova, Julie Vullnetari, Russell King & Tineke Fokkema, 2018, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 1492-1500
Type: article
Russell King, Aija Lulle, Dora Sampaio & Julie Vullnetari, 2016, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(2 ), 182-198
Type: article