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January 27, 2022

Snowbirds caught in pandemic turbulence feed economy, seek stability, and still face uncertainty

by Simon Fraser University

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Snowbirds—the hundreds of thousands of Canadian retirees who travel south for the winter—faced numerous hurdles due to travel restrictions imposed during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study of media reporting has found.

Simon Fraser University geography professor Valorie Crooks and health sciences professor Jeremy Snyder examined the plight of snowbirds as portrayed in the media during the pandemic's critical first year. Their research is published this month in the journal The Canadian Geographer.

"Unlike vacationers who've had to divert plans during various stages of the pandemic, snowbirds see themselves differently, with relocating being a critical part of their lifestyle and often tied to health considerations," says Crooks, who holds a Canada research chair in health service geographies, and has for years studied those flocking to snowbird communities in regions like Florida and Arizona.

The researchers' analysis of 187 Canadian newspaper articles identified key themes or factors attributed to snowbirds as the pandemic advanced:

The researchers note that fewer stories dealt with snowbird health or as travelers, their ability to transmit or spread the virus. They suggest further research could involve interviews with snowbirds to see if their experiences are reflected in the media, as well as how home communities and social networks play a role in helping them cope with restrictions and other pandemic changes that impact them.


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More information:Jessica Tate et al, Altering consumer practices, facing uncertainties, and seeking stability: Canadian news media framings of international retirement migrants during the COVID‐19 pandemic, The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien(2022). DOI: 10.1111/cag.12739 Provided by Simon Fraser University Citation: Snowbirds caught in pandemic turbulence feed economy, seek stability, and still face uncertainty (2022, January 27) retrieved 27 January 2022 from https://phys.org/news/2022-01-snowbirds-caught-pandemic-turbulence-economy.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 2 shares