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Immigration - 02.10.2009

What place for migrant elders in our society?
A better integration of elderly people with a background of immigration will be the main subject matter of the workshop organised in the Permanent Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU, in Brussels, on 13 October 2009.
The idea of such workshop stems from the fact that the number of people with a migration background living in Europe is growing fast. When compared with the host population, migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe are facing sometimes even harsher the same problems and challenges originating from ageing, educational attainment, employment, health and housing.
The workshop will aim to discuss how to benefit from migrant elders' potential and competence especially regarding their contribution to society, notably as volunteers, but also as workers and regarding cultural and economic potential.
Speakers will include representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission, local governments, the Ministry for Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and a representative from the upcoming Presidency of the Council of European Union.
The conference will be conducted in German and English (simultaneous translation).
The workshop is organised in the framework of the AAMEE project, with the financial assistance of the European Commission.
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