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The circle of life: old age, marriage and care arrangements in Pakistani migrant families

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An increasing number of the approximately 25.000 people with a Pakistani background in Denmark are aging and need different kinds of help and care. Still, few elderly Pakistanis enter nursing homes or receive home care provided by the Danish welfare state. Instead, family members care for them at home in complex “care arrangements” that mobilize numerous individuals for practical and emotional assignments. This article discusses how concerns for elderly care inform marriage strategies in the upcoming generation. However, the future-oriented marriage strategy is complicated by the social mobility in the migrant community, increasing numbers of women entering the labor market, rising divorce rates and a strict Danish legislation on family reunification that makes the ‘traditional choice’ of a spouse from Pakistan difficult and insecure. Thus, connecting care arrangements and marriage strategies highlights the intergenerational entrainment when it comes to elderly care in the Pakistani migrant community.
TidsskriftJournal of Family Issues
StatusAfsendt - 2021
BegivenhedTransforming Care Conference - Eigtved Pakhus, Copenhagen, Danmark
Varighed: 24 jun. 201926 jun. 2019


KonferenceTransforming Care Conference
LokationEigtved Pakhus

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