Europe is marked by a rapidly aging demography: most countries experience declining or stagnating fertility rates, while life expectancy is on the rise. In order to respond to the growing need for qualified paramedical staff to take care of the elderly in Europe and to protect labor migrants in the homecare sector, thus reducing irregularities in migration, ICMC started the “ICMC Cares” program.
Migration and development
Migration is deeply connected to the global economy and the well-being of individuals. A lack of economic opportunities in a country prompts people to migrate and look for employment elsewhere. In 2014, there were 232 million migrants worldwide. Migrants offer skills, manpower and human capital to the labor market of a foreign country, while sending their earnings back to their family members at home. Remittances play a crucial role in national economies, often constituting a significant portion of a country’s gross domestic product.
Migrants often fill demographic or labor gaps. Yet, they frequently face widespread abuse, exploitation, and discrimination. Through its networking and policy activities, ICMC engages with civil society organizations, governments, international agencies, and the private sector worldwide to ensure that policies protecting migrant workers and their families are being developed and effectively implemented on the ground.