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Care and Support for Elderly Migrants in Austria: Institutional Challenges and Assessment of Demand

Betreuungs- und Pflegebedarf älterer MigrantInnen: Bedarfsabschätzung und Herausforderungen (BEMIG)

The percentage of people aged over 65 years and born outside Austria was 14% in 2012 and the number is growing. The aging of the migrant population is raising issues in regard of health and subsequently health care of elderly migrants as well as the demand for care services that comes along.
BEMIG is aimed to improve the knowledge on the need for care and support for elderly migrants, their use of support services provided outside the family and the challenges laid down for service providers by a socioculturally diverse society.

Research objectives:
Based on a quantitative analysis of existing demographic data the demand for care and support for the next 5 – 10 years is estimated by taking into account temporary and permanent return and other forms of transnational conducts of life. Furthermore, expert interviews and group discussions with migrants confronted with care needs for elderly in their families will allow an assessment of existing care services and barriers to their accessibility and usage. Other research objectives are:

- qualitative analysis of the relation between care by family members and their participation in education and the labour market
- qualitative analysis of the entitlements of elderly migrants for care provided outside the family
- assessment of recent and future role of religious and ethnical oriented providers in elderly care and support
- investigations on adaptations of care providing facilities in the context of lingual, cultural and religious needs of elderly migrants.

The outcome of this project shall serve as a base for target-oriented integration strategies and actions addressing elderly migrants and overall, give guidance for an integration-policy oriented development in the field of care and support for elderly people in Austria.

- report on research outcomes
- report with policy recommendations
- conference

More information on the project is available here (in German).

Project Duration: 2014 – 2015
Co-financed by the European Integration Fund of the European Commission and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
Project Coordinator: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Contact: Bernhard Perchinig, Elisabeth Strasser



• Bernhard Perchinig and Katharina Schaur (2016): Care Needs of Elderly Migrants in Austria. Research Report. In: Lidé města / Urban People 18 (2): 253-284

• Bernhard Perchinig and Katharina Schaur (2015): 
Betreuungs- und Pflegebedarf älterer MigrantInnen: Bedarfsabschätzung und Herausforderungen. Project report. ICMPD: Vienna

Download (in German)

   Research staff involved:

     Bernhard Perchinig
     Katharina Schaur
     Elisabeth Strasser