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date: 20 October 2019

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This chapter examines the forced migration of older refugees in Europe. Drawing on interviews with older refugees conducted mainly in Switzerland, along with secondary literature on refugees in Europe and in North America, it considers the challenges encountered by refugees from a life course perspective. It also looks at intergenerational relationships and the family life of older refugees, their health situation, similarities, and differences with older people from minority ethnic groups, and the risks they face in terms of health problems and mental illness. The chapter concludes with a discussion of social support provided to older refugees in the host country and durable solutions for their plight.

Keywords: Europe, older refugees, intergenerational relationships, coping strategies, family life, health, ethnic groups, mental illness, social support, forced migration

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