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Democratization of ageing: also a reality for elderly immigrants?

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2011
Author Bolzman Claudio,
Project Old Age Democratization? Progresses and Inequalities in Switzerland
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal European Journal of Social Work
Page(s) 1 - 17
Title of proceedings European Journal of Social Work
DOI 10.1080/13691457.2011.562018


Various papers published in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe have highlighted an improvement in the living conditions of new cohorts reaching retirement age. This paper examines whether this general trend to old age democratization applies also to elderly immigrants. It reviews some dimensions of the older immigrant population situation in Switzerland. It explores mainly their socio-economic and health situation. The article also examines their access to social security and to social services for elderly people. It reports selected findings from two original surveys carried in Switzerland in the 1990s {(Pre-Retired} Immigrants study, {PRI)} and the 2000s {(Minority} Elderly Care study, {MEC)} on older Italian, Spanish and former Yugoslavians citizens who are residents in the country. The article gives also more general information about Swiss social security and social work with older populations.