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Care For The Elderly And Demographic Change: Ageing And Migrant Nurses In The German State Of North Rhine-Westphalia

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Regarding the field of geriatric care, a survey in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) found out that nearly 30 per cent of nurses working in homes for the elderly were not of German origin. This chapter presents findings from this survey as well as experiences of training measures with migrant nurses. The demographic change will produce modifications of the German population structure in the coming years, which will affect the biographies of individuals and at the same time the organization of the labour world. The DIE study also focused on the skills of and attitudes towards staff of migrant background using data collected through interviews with managers, head nurses and migrant nurses working in homes for the elderly. Focusing on the situation of migrant nurses in elderly care, the chapter points out the importance of further education and training in the elderly care sector.

Keywords: demographic change; Germany; migrant nurses; North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)



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