Older people from minority ethnic groups

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A better understanding of how older members of minority ethnic communities experience their social, family and professional situations is based on knowledge of their life course histories. A preliminary report by the URV in 2001 identified the main needs of older people from minority ethnic groups. In 2003, a survey was undertaken in conjunction with Insee and the support of other institutions (l'Agirc, l'Arrco, la Caisse des Mines, le Fasild (now the Acsé) and la MSA. The methodology consisted of a random sample taken from the 1999 Census of people living in France and born outside of France. The survey contained 6,200 respondents aged between 45 and 70 years living in France (excluding institutions). Further qualitative work has been undertaken on families from sub-Sahara Africa living in France based on their family lives and the transmission of identities.

In France, hostels for immigrant workers have progressively been transformed to social housing for older immigrants and these adaptations have improved the quality of life of older former migrant workers. Following a project on the situation of older men from minority ethnic communities living in workers' hostels, the URV is currently researching the impact of these transformations on the occupants.

Research on the immigrant population from sub-Sahara Africa was undertaken in 2011. This research included an intergenerational perspective and the transfer of resources. Qualitative interviews relating to life histories and future prospects of participants aged 50 and above and their adult children (age 20-40) were analysed using a social identity approach that incorporated family, social and cultural perspectives. A comparative approach was also undertaken with English researchers and data on South-Africans, leading to a publication in 2012.

 

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