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Ageing and migration are overlapping and interconnected social issues. Both ageing and acculturation research have been on the rise for decades, yet the two fields rarely intersect. Gerontological research on ageing migrants is situated outside of acculturation theory and older migrants have been largely overlooked in acculturation research. In this article, I provide an overview of the current state of knowledge on ageing in migrants, focusing on three lines of inquiry: epidemiological perspective on healthy ageing, critical approaches to understanding beliefs and values about what it means to age healthily for migrants, and research examining structural inequalities in older migrants’ ageing with a focus on cultural/acculturative processes as risk versus protective factors. Life course theory is presented as a broader framework through which theories of ageing and acculturation may be integrated to capture the nuances of ageing for those living at the intersections of cultures.

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