“ICMC Cares brings hope for both the selected candidates who acquire new skills, and for elderly and sick people who receive qualified care”
Europe is marked by a rapidly aging demography: most countries experience declining or stagnating fertility rates, while life expectancy is on the rise. Given the high costs of institutional elderly care and the desire of the elderly to remain at home as long as possible, many families have invited migrants – among them women from Eastern European countries – to take care of their relatives. Yet, this often happens in irregular situations, whereby workers are hired without proper training and legal recognition for their work, which leaves them at risk of exploitation and abuse.
In order to respond to the growing need for qualified paramedical staff to take care of the elderly in Europe and to protect labor migrants in the homecare sector the ICMC Cares program was initiated by the International Catholic Migration Commission.
Through partnerships with regional institutions in Poland, paramedical professionals from Eastern European countries are recruited, trained, certified, and supported in the search of proper employment in assisting elderly people, particularly those affected by neurodegenerative diseases. Furthermore, through partnerships with employers in Western Europe, ICMC Cares can support these trained professionals but also experienced labour migrants in finding gainful employment abroad.
ICMC Cares verifies that all caregivers work within an extended legal framework for the delivery of homecare services and are adequately integrated into the formal labor market.