Older refugees in the UK: a literature review

Document type
Literature review
Corporate author(s)
Connelly, Naomi; Forsythe, Lora; Njike, Guy
Refugee Council
Date of publication
1 April 2006
Minority Groups, Older Adults
Social welfare
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This literature review examines what is known about older refugees’ views, experiences and needs, what gaps exist in the knowledge and evidence base, and how these gaps are relevant to policy and practice. It also identifies examples of current policies and practices that either target or include older refugees, as well as key policies that maintain a general focus on older people which could be relevant for refugees. Where appropriate, it draws on literature, policy and practice that takes the needs of black and minority ethnic older people into account. Over the past two decades, there has been a growing body of knowledge and practice looking at the intersection of age and race/ethnicity, which is relevant to refugees in so far as the majority of refugees can be identified as belonging to minority ethnic groups. At the same time, the Older Refugees Programme considers experiences of forced migration to be different from other migration and settlement patterns, and therefore explores how the distinctive experiences of refugees are taken into account when devising policies and practices for older people in general and minority ethnic older people in particular.

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