3 hours

Seminar: Ageing, Older Workers and Migration

The next LSE/TAEN seminar on issues facing the ageing workforce will be held on Thursday 27 April 2017 from 2 to 5pm in the Graham Wallace Room, 5th floor, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.  

Our subject will be Ageing, Older Workers and Migration. We believe this is a major issue for policy makers in the 21st Century.

Hundreds of thousands of retired Britons live in the EU, particularly in the south of Europe. Similarly, thousands of foreign workers work in the UK and will claim, in the coming years, pension benefits based on entitlements accrued in the UK and outside. How will Brexit impact on these populations? The movement of people between countries may become more difficult, calling into question their rights to receive foreign pension benefits inside or outside the United Kingdom. How far and in what ways will the social rights of pensioners be protected after triggering article 50?

This seminar will not answer all these questions but will seek to raise the main issues relating to ageing and migration. One issue to explore is the notion of “portability of social rights”. Despite numbers of migrants world-wide increasing year on year, the Welfare State remains a state-based concept. How far can we expect policy makers to address this issue? Working in one country and claiming unemployment benefits, health care protection or pension benefits in another, raises the question of portability of the social rights acquired in the previous country. Are we ready to address this challenge? Clearly, the portability of social benefits depends on whether bilateral or multilateral agreements exist or not. But what kinds of agreements could ensure that social benefits could be exported and under what conditions? What might this imply for Britain’s Brexit negotiators?

Other issues may be raised when crossing ageing and migration perspectives. For example, how are intergenerational relationships organised in a globalised world?  What does the increasing fluidity of the global workforce imply for established models of inter-generational support? How will the identities of older people influence approaches to work and social care in a globalised context?

Understanding such interactions between ageing, work and migration will be an increasingly relevant issue to study in the twenty first century. Hopefully, this seminar will provide a taster for some of the issues.


Prof. Robert Holzmann has held various positions at the University of Graz (1973–1975), University of Vienna (1975–1992), and University of Saarland 1992–2003), and worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) between 1985 and 1987, the International Monetary Fund between 1988 and 1990, and the World Bank between 1997 and 2011. He is currently honorary professor at the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpour) and at the University of New South Wales (Sydney). His work focuses on several issues relating to ageing, the labour market and social protection.

Dr. Martin Hyde is Associate Professor in Gerontology at Swansea University, Centre for Innovative Ageing. His work focuses on different issues including the quality of life in early old age, life course perspectives and ageing and globalisation. He recently published “Ageing and Globalisation” co-written with Paul Higgs (Policy Press, university of Bristol).

To attend the seminar please e-mail chris.ball@shaw-trust.org.uk Please state your position, organisation and research interest. (NB Please do not use the booking request tool on this web page)

No charge is made for attendance, however the seminars are well subscribed and anyone failing to attend, having been given a place, may be needlessly preventing the participation of another attendee. 



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