The Missing Link in the Chain: Perspectives From the Grassroots Charity Sector on Supporting Well-Being in Older Migrants

Younus Khan, Elizabeth Caldwell, Jamie P. Halsall

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As the migrant workers of the 1960s and 1970s age in place, many countries are facing caring for increasing numbers of older migrants, many of whom have complex health and social care needs. By applying a qualitative case study approach, of a grassroots disability resource center that works with older migrants, this article critically explores the social policy debates that are focused on older migrants in the Black and Minority Ethnic community. A number of themes have emerged, including the impact of changing family structure, difficulties with accessing services, and increased isolation. In addition, there are also examples of older migrants activtly engaged in building communities and supporting others, defying the stereotypes of vulnerable older migrants being a burden on the state. This article argues for politicians and social policy makers to refocus on the new challenges that are emerging in the older migrants of the Black and Minority Ethnic community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-339
Number of pages17
JournalIllness Crisis and Loss
Issue number4
Early online date11 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


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