Grundtvig Multilaterale Project

Unused Potentials of Senior Migrants / Experts for Life

01.10.2010 - 30.09.2012

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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Elderly migrants become senior migrants. The project UPS – Unused Potentials of Senior Migrants / Experts for Life – aims at addressing, selecting and qualifying senior migrants for their future field of activity and the development of a self-help manual. Nonnatives and migrants have to get along in a new world, in a different society, in a different milieu. Familiar models of mutual help, mutual support, e.g. in the families, in the neighborhood, in the circle of friends, can no longer be lived and are in danger of being lost. On the one hand elderly migrants feel useless and suffer from social isolation, their talents and competences are not used, being willing to face up to new tasks. On the other hand many migrants need help urgently, preferring to get help from their own culture group rather than from “strangers”. UPS addresses elderly migrants, “experts for life” of different migrant milieus, taking over the bridging function to migrants of the specific milieus that need help in diverse areas of their lives. These elderly migrants are addressed and selected with the help of a custom-made selection procedure. Contemporaneous to the selection procedure an innovative training program to qualify senior migrants is developed. A guide containing the employed methodic-didactic concepts will be written, being spread all over Europe. The qualified senior migrants will do social networking in the partner countries, amongst other things via cooperation with migrant’s self-organizations, local authorities, integration agencies and charity. The target is to get direct access to migrants needing help and to disseminate the concept of UPS. Thus, migrants are assisted in all areas of life, whilst at the same time disburdening community budgets.


Here you can see the official flyer for recruiting the participants:


Each partner developed one another flyer in the language of the participating country. These flyers you can find in the respective trainings on the current website. They were developed on the basis of the following example:


The final product of the project, a practical guide, with the title „Help! I need somebody! Migrants help Migrants" is ready now!

There is a detailed description of the project and the training’s units in this guide. The practical guide will be put at the disposal of the trained Senior Migrants in respective national languages and disseminated over the agencies for integration, welfare services etc. on the national and international levels.

There is a link to download the practical guide: 



The project will be eventually completely evaluated both in the form of the self-help guide

and in the form of a final report for the executive agency in Brussels.


Institut für Migrations- und Aussiedlerfragen
Heimvolkshochschule St. Hedwigs-Haus
Gabriele Meymann-Christians
Hermannstraße 86
33813 Oerlinghausen
Telefon: 0049 5202 – 91 65 17
Telefax: 0049 5202 – 66 54
Email: meymann(at)st-hewigshaus(dot)de
Homepage: www.st-hedwigshaus.de

Project partners:

  1. http://rural-lab.agro.auth.gr/research.htm Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus, 54621 Thessaloniki, Greece www.auth.gr

  2. http://www.inkeri.com/gruntvig.html. Inkerin kulttuuriseura, Ingrian Cultural Association, Wallininkatu, 00530 Helsinki, Finland www.inkeri.com

  3. http://www.socin.lt/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68&Itemid=70  Social innovations centre, Miseikiu g.24, Naisiai, 81474 Siauliu raj., Lithuania www.socin.lt

  4. http://danilodolci.org/progetti/grundtvig/ups-senior Centro per lo Sviluppo Creative „Danilo Dolci“, Via Roma, 94, 90133 Palermo, Italy www.danilodolci.org

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