Conducting Empirical Research with Older Migrants: Methodological and Ethical Issues

Basak Bilecen*, Tineke Fokkema

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This special section brings together a set of four articles containing novel quantitative and qualitative research on older migrants in Europe. Detailed reporting and reflection is presented on fieldwork decisions and how certain challenges were tackled, and their implications. This introductory article aims to lay the groundwork for a better understanding and awareness of methodological and ethical challenges researchers face when designing and conducting empirical studies involving older migrants. Highlighted are the main methodological issues and ethical dilemmas we observe in studying older migrants, which can serve as a wake up call for researchers to be more critical throughout the process. We end with a plea for more collaboration between researchers in the field of older migrants, by sharing their data despite potential methodological and ethical problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)809-815
Number of pages7
JournalThe Gerontologist
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2022


  • older migrants
  • aging
  • Methodological challenges
  • Research ethics
  • Europe

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