From home to home: Older migrants in Europe

Older migrants are very diverse. It is not possible to speak of “the group of older migrants” because their history, their background is different. The reasons why they migrate are not always the same. The reasons are very personal. The way in which they adapt and cope with changes to their lives is different. But of course they have a lot in common too. Older migrants were once young and then they moved to another country to start a new life. Because of economic, political or social reasons. Others were recruited to come to build the new country and fill in the hard labour gap. The majority was young during the migration while others were already aging when they moved. They all wanted to make of this new country a place where they could feel at home and struggled to learn the new language and culture.

This report from the European network on intercultural elderly care, provides case studies of older migrants from across Europe. A case study from Turkey is conducted by MENARAH network member Sema Õglak.


Professor at Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi, Turkey

Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi, Turkey

Sema Oglak is a Professor at the University of Aydin Adnan Menderes, Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations. Following several post-doctoral posts, she became a visiting research fellow at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London, UK. Her research covered long-term care experiences of the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Israel and Italy. Her main research interests are in elderly long-term care policy and services, active ageing, health promotion, age-friendly environments, migrant care workers, and volunteering issues. She has been involved in several national and international projects related to long-term care services.