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Linking tourism, retirement migration and social capital

Casado-D�az, Mar�a A.; Casado-Diaz, Ana Belen; Casado-Diaz, Jose Manuel

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Ana Belen Casado-Diaz

Jose Manuel Casado-Diaz


A general trend in the study of international retirement migration has been the increased attention paid to the social contacts and network connections of the migrants in both the destination and the origin areas. These studies have examined the extent to which migrants build social relationships with their neighbours and the host society while also maintaining social links with their countries of origin, addressing the central role that leisure travel plays in sustaining increasingly dispersed social networks and maintaining the social capital of these networks and of the individuals involved in them. Using a case study approach to examine British retirement migration to Spain, we explore the relevance of transnational social networks in the context of international retirement migration, particularly the intensity of bidirectional visiting friends and relatives (VFR) tourism flows and the migrants' social contacts with friends and/or family back in their home country. Building on the concept of social capital and Putnam's distinction between bonding and bridging social capital, we propose a framework for the analysis of the migrants' international social networks. The results of a study conducted based on a sample of 365 British retirees living in the coast of Alicante (Spain) show both the strength of the retirees' international bonding social capital and the role of 'VFR's travel and communication technologies in sustaining the migrants' transnational social practices and, ultimately, their international bonding social capital. It also provides evidence for the reinforcing links between tourism-related mobility and amenity-seeking migration in later life. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.


Casado-Díaz, M. A., Casado-Diaz, A. B., & Casado-Diaz, J. M. (2014). Linking tourism, retirement migration and social capital. Tourism Geographies, 16(1), 124-140.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 26, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jul 1, 2016
Journal Tourism Geographies
Print ISSN 1461-6688
Electronic ISSN 1470-1340
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 124-140
Keywords international retirement migration, tourism, social capital, Spain
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Additional Information Additional Information : Published online: 18 Oct 2013. This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Tourism Geographies in 2014, available online: .


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