Ageing in a Multicultural Europe: Perspectives and Challenges

  • Eralba Cela
  • Mariateresa Ciommi


Ageing is the key demographic trend in Europe. Migration is the second major phenomenon shaping European population structure, introducing a further dimension to the ageing challenge, namely, ageing populations with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Nonetheless, the phenomenon of ageing migrants is surprisingly understudied.

The chapter proposes a modified version of the Active Ageing Index (AAI) for the migrant population using data from the first wave (2004/2005) of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) in seven European countries. It aims at both verifying whether the AAI is a good index for a population with a migratory background and stimulating the political and academic debate on the necessity to address vulnerabilities and active ageing of older migrants within the framework of an inclusive multicultural Europe committed to social justice.



This chapter uses data from SHARE Waves 1 (DOIs: 10.6103/SHARE.w1.260). The SHARE data collection has been primarily funded by the European Commission through the FP5 (QLK6-CT-2001-00360), FP6 (SHARE-I3: RII-CT-2006-062193, COMPARE: CIT5-CT-2005-028857, SHARELIFE: CIT4-CT-2006-028812) and FP7 (SHARE-PREP: N°211909, SHARE-LEAP: N°227822, SHARE M4: N°261982). Additional funding from the German Ministry of Education and Research, the U.S. National Institute on Aging (U01_AG09740-13S2, P01_AG005842, P01_AG08291, P30_AG12815, R21_AG025169, Y1-AG-4553-01, IAG_BSR06-11, OGHA_04-064) and from various national funding sources is gratefully acknowledged (see


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  • Eralba Cela
    • 1
  • Mariateresa Ciommi
    • 1
  1. 1.Università Politecnica delle MarcheAncona (AN)Italy

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