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National Report to Highlight Role of Migrant Carers in the Care of Older People

Sep 2009

Ireland’s older population is being cared for in large numbers by one of the most marginalised groups within the labour force, migrant workers. That is according to a report by NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Gerontology, launched today by the Minister for Older People, Aine Brady T.D.

The Role of Migrant Care Workers in Ageing Societies research report examines the role of registered nurses and care assistants from other countries in caring for older people in Ireland. This group now account for one in three of the Irish older adult care workforce, which is twice the proportion of foreign carers in the general health care sector.

Written by Dr Kieran Walsh and Professor Eamon O’Shea from the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway, the research confirms the important and highly valued role of migrant workers in the care of older people, both in home and long-stay residential care settings. However, the report also highlights a number of issues associated with migrant care provision for older people in Ireland. These include: communication, language proficiency, cultural understanding, education and training, discrimination and inadequate regulation. Read the Executive Summary or the full report here.

The role of migrant care workers in ageing societies is an international collaborative research project, involving Ireland, the UK, Canada and the US. To download the UK report and executive summary, click here. To view the Canadian national report click here