The progressive population ageing observed in Western countries determines a growing need for long-term care for older people. At the same time, migrants and refugees often have integration difficulties in regards to the hosting country society and labour market, with one reason being the lack of EU recognition of the educational degrees obtained in their native country. Creating educational opportunities in elderly care for migrants may facilitate their social inclusion, increase their employability, and constitute a response to the growing labor demand. The HERO project moved in this direction by planning, designing, and carrying out an original training curriculum targeted to migrants and refugees from African and Middle Eastern countries, piloted in four Mediterranean countries (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Portugal). The impact of the training on migrants and refugees’ quality of life was assessed through the WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire, while social inclusion was assessed through semistructured interviews and participant observation carried out during the internship in elderly care facilities. Eighty-two migrants (70.7 percent women) were involved in the study. The results showed that despite the fact that the training did not have an impact on the trainees’ quality of life, it was associated with social inclusion. Four ideal types of migrant learners were drawn: “ex-professional trainees,””fall-back trainees,””care-oriented trainees,”and “nonprofessional care workers,”based on which as many possible educational pathways were drawn to optimise the trainees’ learning process. The study results shaped the formulation of suggestions on migrants’ education in elderly care. © 2023 Sara Santini et al.

DOI: 10.1155/2023/8371077
ISSN: 09660410