Cultures of Social Participation in Local Communities: The Situation of Older Migrants in Bremen, Germany

By Gabriele Schäfer.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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This paper explores the experiences of migrants, aged 60 years and over, living in the suburbs of Vahr and Gröpelingen in Bremen, Germany. Results will be presented from an interdisciplinary research project, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, titled “Cultures of Social Participation in Local Communities’ Integration, Prevention, and Participation: The Development of Accessible Services for Migrant Populations.” Part of this project explored the perspectives and social participation of older migrants through forty semi-structured qualitative interviews. These interviews explored the level of elderly migrant integration into community networks, and their use of low-threshold services. Applying a content analysis led to the following findings: Low-threshold services are widely used by the interviewees who view then as an important support structure. Members of smaller ethnic groups within the community are less content with cultural offers and services in their communities than members of bigger ethnic communities, such as Russians in the Vahr and Turks in Gröpelingen.

Keywords: Migration, Old Age, Participation. Low-threshold Services, Migrant Self-organizations

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 14, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 30, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 354.428KB)).

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Schäfer

Professor, Social Work, University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Bremen, Germany