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Active Ageing of Migrant Elders: Good Practice in Europe & Report of the Project Active Ageing of Migrant Elders across Europe from 01.12.2007 to 30.11.2009

Edited by the Ministry for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf,2010

In Europe, the number of migrant elders is growing in general. On the one hand, this is due to the migration movements in the last few decades and on the other hand, it is a consequence of an increased mobility of the elderly people.

The associated growing cultural variety of the elderly generation also has consequence for the cities and municipalities where they live, for example, on adaptations with regards to the house supply, the services close to the households, the cultural and leisure offerings and the necessary social services.

Experience has shown that we can learn a lot from each other in Europe, because other European countries often face the same challenges and the cultural diversity is increasing everywhere. Such an exchange of experience is the heart of the project promoted by the European Commission, Active Ageing of Migrant Elders across Europe (AAMEE) of the Ministry of Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration. This dialogue has to be continued to improve the quality of life of migrant elders with regards to the European Year of Active Ageing of 2012.

In the first chapter of the booklet Good Practices in Europe good examples from the practice with and for migrant elders across Europe has been analysed. The role models offer, at the same time, suggestions for the decision-makers in the cities and communities. They are encouraged to start new initiatives in order that coexistence in diversity can succeed better and better in old age. Therefore in the second chapter we can find some practical recommendations for strengthening and stimulating of volunteer work for and with migrant elders in Europe.

The other publication, the Report of the Project on Active Ageing of Migrant Elders across Europe form 01.12.2007 to 30.11.2009, summarises the results of the individual steps of procedure, and shows the recommendations for action for the municipal, regional and European level. The recommendations have been compiled over a period of two years by several voluntary organizations of migrant elders, corresponding associations of other European states as well as scientific experts. As a result, it became clear that the society benefits entirely, if, in future, we provide more support for migrant elders so that they can develop their potentials.

To download both publications, please go to the web site http://www.obs.coe.int/oea_publ/yb/index.html.