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The impact of adult inter-state out-migration on daily time use of older parents left behind: an exploratory mixed method study in Sundarban delta region, West Bengal, India

Shinjini Ray, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Pravat Bhandari, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
R. Nagarajan, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

This study aims to assess the potential impact of adult out-migration on the daily time use of left behind older parents. A cross-sectional survey was conducted during October, 2020 to December, 2020 among 400 left-behind and 200 non-left-behind older parents aged 60+ years, residing in Sundarban delta region of India. Both qualitative and qualitative interviews were conducted to accomplish the study objective. We considered three types of tasks included in each activity: farm work, off-farm work and domestic work to analyse the daily time use of older parents. Preliminary findings provide the evidence of increased working hours among the left-behind older parents. Our qualitative findings also reveal the causes of additional work burden among the left-behind older parents.

Keywords: Population ageing, Older adults

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  Presented in Session P19.