Active Aging Experiences of Turkish Immigrants in Netherlands

Author/s: Ferhan Saniye Palaz, Yusuf Adıgüzel

DOI: 10.16917/iusosyoloji.291223

OnlineFirst published on December 31, 2016

Year: 2016 Vol: 36 Number: 2

Abstract

The aim of this study is to evaluate with a focus on the theme of active aging process of Turks who have migrated to the Netherlands at a young age and are still living and aging there. In addition to the social sciences literature, the study also uses reports from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU), and the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) and conducted a qualitative study in the Netherlands for three weeks. Face-to-face interviews were conducted in the field study through contact made with NGOs and governmental agencies. Rather than focusing on economics, the study emphasizes the dimensions of individual and society. The collected data have been analyzed under the headings of social support, active pursuits, and life satisfaction. The field study has been conducted with a group of 40 people composed of healthy, retired Turkish individuals who are first generation immigrants and have aged in the Netherlands. The study concludes that elderly people experience an active-aging process within the framework of culture.

Keywords
First-generation elderly migrants • Aging out of place of origin • Labor migration • Active aging • Life satisfaction of the elderly • Social support among the elderly

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