December 2012 - Active ageing and intergenerational solidarity among ethnic & religious minorities and migrants

Active ageing and intergenerational solidarity among ethnic & religious minorities and migrants

Welcome to this new edition of the ENARgy webzine! In this European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, we look at the specific situation of older migrants and ethnic and religious minorities in Europe. This issue starts with an initial overall assessment of the 2012 Year, both from the European Commission’s and civil society’s perspective, and then further explores the specific challenges faced by older migrants and ethnic minorities in the EU and how these should be addressed. Further articles focus on specific issues affecting older ethnic minorities and migrants, including employment, care, housing, financial inclusion and intergenerational solidarity, and provide a combination of best practices, testimonies, and experts’ insights in these areas.

European year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations: building a better society for people of all ages & backgrounds

The European Commission highlights the importance of active ageing in European society, as well as some of the objectives and achievements of the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.

Initial assessment of the outcomes of the European Year 2012 and overview of the EY2012 Coalition activities

AGE Platform Europe, a European network which aims to voice and promote the interests of the 150 million senior citizens in the European Union, gives an overview of the activities and vision of the NGO coalition for the 2012 European Year and makes an initial assessment of the main outcomes of this Year.

The EU’s hidden ageing population: Improving policies for older ethnic minorities and migrants

This article highlights the specific situation and challenges of older ethnic minorities and migrants in Europe – whether in terms of social inclusion, employment, care, housing and intergenerational solidarity, and puts forward some recommendations to address these challenges.

An older ethnic minority’s personal experiences of employment in Denmark

Bashy Quraishy reveals his perceptions and experience of becoming an older ethnic minority in Denmark, and gives us more insight into what this means in the specific area of employment.

The Multigenerational House Hell-Ga and its benefit for elderly people and minorities

Rebecca Irwin presents Hell-Ga, a Multigenerational House located in Garath (Germany), a city that saw massive immigration from various countries from the 50s to the 70s. These immigrants have now come to an age where they need everyday support but do not have family roots or a long standing circle of family and friends directly in the city. Hell-Ga provides assistance in various ways, thanks to the voluntary commitment of their employees, members and visitors.

Raising awareness of the specificities of elderly migrants in the area of assistance and care

This article is the result of a reflection within working groups set up by the Centre public d’action sociale (CPAS, or public social services centre) of Mons and the Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight against Racism, Belgium. It is also the result of interviews we had with workers in the care sector and with representatives of migrant associations since 2008. This reflection has four objectives:
- underline the specificities of ageing migrants
- explain how the care concept can contribute to care policies
- make links between the vulnerabilities of elderly people and workers in the care sector
- present a project conducted by the CPAS Mons on the vulnerabilities of care workers and elderly migrants

The importance of financial inclusion and intergenerational solidarity for older ethnic minorities in Europe

This article gives insights into the financial challenges faced by older ethnic minorities and puts forwards suggestions for policy changes from the macro to the micro level to improve the situation of older ethnic minorities in Europe.

Elderly migrants in Europe: the need for research and tailored policies - A Swedish case study: care for elderly migrants in a modern welfare state

This article looks at the specific case of care for older migrants in Sweden and provides an overall analysis of policies targeting older migrants in Europe, as well as some key recommendations.