International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Case of Moldovan Female Migrants Providing Home-Based Assistance to Informal Caregivers in Turkey: The Impetus for Aged Care Reform
Professor. Dr. Ismail Tufan, Emeritus Professor. Dr.Terence Seedsman

The case of Moldovan female migrants is examined in the context of their engagement as care attendants for Turkish families with care dependent older people. In this case, the Moldovan female migrants represent an example of the globalized demand for in-home-care support for aged care recipients. Drawing on 300 interviews of female migrant care workers from Moldova this opportunistic study sought to gain base level insights relating specifically to aged care workers operating in Turkey. The aging of the Turkish population and the gradual shrinking of the traditional caregiver labor pool has seen an increasing reliance on migrant care workers. The preceding trends signal an impending crisis for future aged care services within the public and private sectors. The authors call for a heightened sense of political consciousness in Turkey for the development of strategic planning and flexible policy options for the building of a sustainable long-term aged care workforce.

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