Western retirees in Thailand: Motives, experiences, wellbeing, assimilation and future needs Howard, Robert en_US 2021-11-25T17:06:53Z 2021-11-25T17:06:53Z 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract Westerners increasingly retire outside their home countries, and some venture to developing nations. A growing number go to Thailand, usually after working there or after many tourist visits. The present study examined currently and formerly resident Western retirees in Thailand, with a focus on their reasons for migrating to Thailand, their wellbeing and perceived assimilation, the reasons why some leave, and their long-term welfare needs. The principal data source was an online survey of 152 current and former retirees in Thailand. The major reported motives were low living costs, a warm climate, to escape a disliked home nation, like of the Thai lifestyle and culture, and the availability of attractive sexual partners. Most survey respondents had a Thai spouse or live-in partner. The move apparently works out well for most, at least initially. They report positive wellbeing and feel assimilated, but most live with visa insecurity and their assimilation may be partly illusory... en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Acculturation en_US
dc.subject.other Developing world en_US
dc.subject.other Labor migration en_US
dc.subject.other Migrants experience en_US
dc.subject.other Retirement en_US
dc.subject.other Western world en_US
dc.title Western retirees in Thailand: Motives, experiences, wellbeing, assimilation and future needs en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.identifier.doiPublisher en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Ageing and Society en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 145-163 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 28 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Howard, Robert, Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US School of Education *
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