[English] UPS – Unused Potentials of Senior Migrants

Apr 4, 2011Integration and inclusion

Grundtvig Multilaterale Project

Unused Potentials of Senior Migrants / Experts for Life

Duration: 01.10.2010 – 30.09.2012

Elderly migrants become senior migrants.

The project UPS – Unused Potentials of Senior Migrants / Experts for Life – aims at addressing, selecting and qualifying senior migrants for their future field of activity and the development of a self-help manual.

Non-natives and migrants have to get along in a new world, in a different society, in a different milieu. Familiar models of mutual help, mutual support, e.g. in the families, in the neigh-borhood, in the circle of friends, can no longer be lived and are in danger of being lost. On the one hand elderly migrants feel useless and suffer from social isolation, their talents and competences are not used, being willing to face up to new tasks. On the other hand many migrants need help urgently, preferring to get help from their own culture group rather than from “strangers”.

UPS addresses elderly migrants, “experts for life” of different migrant milieus, taking over the bridging function to migrants of the specific milieus that need help in diverse areas of their lives.

These elderly migrants are addressed and selected with the help of a custom-made selection procedure. Contemporaneous to the selection procedure an innovative training program to qualify senior migrants is developed. A guide containing the employed methodic-didactic concepts will be written, being spread all over Europe.

The qualified senior migrants will do social networking in the partner countries, amongst other things via cooperation with migrant’s self-organizations, local authorities, integration agencies and charity. The target is to get direct access to migrants needing help and to disseminate the concept of UPS. Thus, migrants are assisted in all areas of life, whilst at the same time disburdening community budgets.


Institut für Migrations- und Aussiedlerfragen

Heimvolkshochschule St. Hedwigs-Haus

Gabriele Meymann-Christians

Hermannstraße 86

33813 Oerlinghausen

Phone: 0049 5202 – 91 65 17

Fax: 0049 5202 – 66 54

Email: meymann@st-hewigshaus.de

Project Partner:

• Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus, 54621 Thessaloniki, Greece

• Inkerin Kulttuuriseura, Ingrian Cultural Association, Wallininkatu, 00530 Helsinki, Fin-land

• Social innovations centre, Miseikiu g.24, Naisiai, 81474 Siauliu raj., Lithuania

• Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo „Danilo Dolci“, Via Roma, 94, 90133 Palermo, Italy

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.