Older migrants in exile: the past holding hands with the present - a qualitative study

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The aim of this study was to explore the everyday life conditions experienced by older migrants and their reasons for specific age- and health-related behaviour during the conduct of everyday life. The study comprised 16 qualitative interviews with migrants aged 56-96 years from Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Somalia. The three themes that emerged from the conditions, meanings and reasons analysis illustrated that the older persons were trapped in various ways -without language, in fragmented families and in an unfamiliar structure. We identified these themes as The importance of the life history, Lost in language barriers and Having a national sense of belonging. The main findings emphasise the vulnerability of older migrants in a resettlement country. With an unclear national identity and without the local language, older migrants struggle to develop a clear vision of their role in a minority community in a foreign country. Besides language skills and the need for interpreters, health professionals need to consider issues such as life history, traumas and national belonging when their usual approaches to managing health-related topics have failed.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Vol/bind31
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)1031–1038
ISSN0283-9318
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

Fingeraftryk

Language
Health
Communication Barriers
Lebanon
Iraq
Interviews
Wounds and Injuries

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Older migrants in exile : the past holding hands with the present - a qualitative study. / Nielsen, Dorthe Susanne; Minet, Lisbeth; Zeraiq, Lina; Rasmussen, Dlama Nggida; Sodemann, Morten.

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