Pre-retirement age migration to remote rural areas

Aileen Stockdale, Marsaili MacLeod

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Recent literature suggests that the increasingly blurred relationship between paid employment and retirement facilitates a retirement transition period, a life course stage, which may involve a change of residence. The role of such pre-retirement age mobility in the repopulation of rural areas has, however, received relatively little academic scrutiny. This paper draws upon findings from a two-year study conducted in three UK case study areas. It examines the extent of pre-retirement age (aged 50-64) migration into remote rural communities and the impacts this type of movement has upon economic activity, social and community engagement and service provision. It is argued that while this under-researched cohort offers opportunities to support the social and economic sustainability of rural communities (at least in the short and medium term), there are notable challenges which are likely to emerge as it ages in situ. The findings are particularly relevant given national trends on population ageing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-92
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013


  • ageing
  • retirement transition
  • life course
  • in-migration
  • rural
  • economy and society


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