Standing Committee ‘Ageing Migrants’

The scope of the Standing Committee (SC) ‘Ageing Migrants’ is to (1) discuss interdisciplinary and comparative questions regarding the topic of ageing migrants in European societies, (2) reinforce existing collaborations to promote further research and joint publications in this field, and (3) apply for further funding for both research and networking.

The SC ‘Ageing Migrants’ has started its activity in 2010 through a workshop organised by Oana Ciobanu and Joana Lopes Martins at the IMISCOE Annual Conference in Liège. In 2011 we were constituted as a research initiative. Since then we organised yearly sessions at the IMISCOE Annual Conferences. In addition, we have been convening international workshops hosted by CesNova, the New University of Lisbon in 2012, 2013, 2014, one hosted by the University of Geneva and the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in March 2015, and one hosted by the University of Neuchâtel in March 2016, and an upcoming one in November in Mainz. The yearly workshops gather senior and junior scholars, both SC-members and others interested in the SC’s activities, aimed to present recent research findings and strengthen collaborations through joint publications and funding applications. Because of our constant activity we were granted the status of SC in 2014.

In addition to this, we have an e-mailing list for disseminating information regarding recent publications, call for papers and calls for funding applications. If you would like to join our mailing list, please contact Oana Ciobanu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


  • Tineke Fokkema, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, University of Groningen, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Ruxandra Oana Ciobanu, University of Geneva


  • Helen Baykara-Krumme, Chemnitz University of Technology
  • Anita Böcker, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Claudio Bolzman, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland and University of Geneva
  • Eralba Cela, PhD, University of Ancona *
  • Nina Conkova, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Angeles Escrivá, University of Huelva *
  • Ute Karl, University of Luxembourg
  • Karin van Holten, Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences
  • Alistair Hunter, University of Edinburgh *
  • Russell King, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex
  • Silvia Klokgieters, Free University Amsterdam
  • Jolien Klok, Free University Amsterdam
  • Nadja Milewski, University of Rostock
  • Mihaela Nedelcu, University of Neuchâtel *
  • Erik Olsson, Stockholm University
  • Jean-Louis Rallu, INED
  • Anne Carolina Ramos, University of Luxembourg
  • Laura Romeu Gordo, German Centre of Gerontology
  • Eva Soom Ammann, University of Bern and Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • Sandra Torres, Uppsala University
  • Christina Victor, Brunel University

* Organisational committee

Former activities (seminars, conferences and workshops):

Activities (seminars, conferences and workshops):

Sessions at IMISCOE conferences

Prague 2016

  • Shaping the Lives of Ageing Migrants: Top-down Policy Impositions – organised by Oana Ciobanu & Tineke Fokkema
  • Transnational Dimensions in Caring for the Elderly – organised by Eva Soom Ammann & Karin van Holten

Madrid 2014

  • Migrant End-of-Life Care and Rituals – organised by Alistair Hunter & Eva Soom Ammann
  • Care Arrangements for Ageing Migrants at the Intersection between Public, Private, Third Sector and the Family – organised by Ute Karl, Anne Carolina Ramos & Oana Ciobanu
  • Care by Ageing Migrants: Inter-Generational Transfers to the Younger Generation – organised by Oana Ciobanu & Mihaela Nedelcu
  • Late-in-Life Labour Migration – organised by Angeles Escrivá & Francesca Vianello

Malmö 2013

  • Vulnerabilities of Ageing Migrants – organised by Oana Ciobanu & Tineke Fokkema
  • Care for and by Ageing Migrants – organised by Oana Ciobanu & Mihaela Nedelcu
  • ‘Generation Zero’: Mobile Grandparents and Intergenerational Transnational Solidarities – organised by Mihaela Nedelcu

Amsterdam 2012

  • Ageing, Migration and New Technologies: Communicating across the Generations over Time and Space – organised by Loretta Baldassar, Laura Merla & Raelene Wilding
  • Ageing Migrants: (Im)Mobilities of Ageing – organised by Alistair Hunter & Oana Ciobanu

Warsaw 2011

  • Ageing Migrants: Demography, Agency and Welfare – organised by Oana Ciobanu & Joana Lopes Martins

Liège 2010

  • Ageing Migrants: Demography, Agency and Welfare – organised by Oana Ciobanu & Joana Lopes Martins

Other conferences, seminars and workshops


  • Research on Ageing Migrants: Current State and Future Directions, organised by Vincent Horn, Oana Ciobanu & Tineke Fokkema  (University of Mainz, Germany), 3 – 5 November.
  • Les migrants âgés en Suisse (Older Migrants in Switzerland) – organised by Oana Ciobanu (University of Geneva, Switzerland), 6 September.
    • Ageing migrants: Developing Methodological Tools for Comparative Research – organised by Mihaela Nedelcu (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) with assistance from Eva Soom Ammann (Bern University of Applied Sciences), 10 – 12 March.


  • Organizing Aging Transnationally and its Social Implications – organised byVincent Horn, Désirée Bender & Cornelia Schweppe (Institute of Education, University of Mainz, Germany), 12 – 13 March.
  • Ageing Migrants: Studying by Comparing – organised by Oana Ciobanu, Claudio Bolzman & Michel Oris (University of Geneva and the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland), 19 – 21 March.


  • Wellbeing in an Ageing Europe: Comparisons between Ageing Migrants and Natives – organised by Eralba Cela, Oana Ciobanu, Angeles Escrivá, Tineke Fokkema & Mihaela Nedelcu (CesNova, New University of Lisbon, Portugal), 15 – 16 May.


  • Ageing Migrants: (Im)Mobilities of Ageing – organised by Oana Ciobanu & Alistair Hunter (New University of Lisbon, Portugal), 15 – 16 March.
  • Migrations, Ageing and Policies – organised by Angeles Escrivá (Huelva University, Spain), 7 May.

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