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Health, migration and family2019-08-22T12:36:15+02:00

Health, migration and family

COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL

2014 – 2018

Aim of the action  Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe was to synchronize, integrate and improve European research in the field of intergenerational family solidarity, its benefits in key life domains and the ways in which it can be strengthened across generations.

CHM was Austrian partner with a focus on intergenerational family solidarity in migrant families.

Symposium on Intergenerational Solidarity and Migration

The Symposium Intergenerational Solidarity and Migration in the framework of the COST-INTERFASOL international conference in Milan on 26 May 2016 presented and discussed insights into existing knowledge, current research activities, and practice implications in/for European countries and regions.

Training School – Intergenerational Solidarity in a Diverse World

In the framework in the training school „Intergenerational Solidarity in a Diverse World“ at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Porto, Spain from 04 –08 April 2016, CHM held a training session on „Intergenerational solidarity and migration – an emerging field for transdisciplinary and practice-focused research“.

Training School Programme

Intergenerational family solidarity of immigrants from two successor states of Former Yugoslavia living in Austria

Intergenerational Family Solidarity (IGFS) is important for social cohesion and challenged by migration. Scientific evidence on how migrants sustain IGFS is scarce. In 2016, 421,875 migrants from different Former Yugoslavian Republics were residing in Austria, the majority coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina (162.021) and Serbia (137.057). Immigrants from these countries are predominantly economic migrants who came in the 1960s and refugees of the Balkan Wars in the 1990s. A literature review showed that intergenerational solidarity in migrant families in Austria is hardly covered by previous research. No published studies explicitly dealing with this subject were found. To generate more understanding, three migrant women who migrated as refugees in the 1990s from Bosnia and Serbia where asked about their family structures, family life, and family solidarity through semi-structured in-depth interviews based on qualitative sociological method. Results show that although immigration has weakened IGFS in terms of frequency of contact, high normative solidarity prevails and results in feelings of guilt and non-met family responsibilities. Support of parents and relatives is sustained by sending money and goods to the home country.

article in Društvena istraživanja : Journal for General Social Issues, Vol. 27 No. 1, 2018