Serving and protecting elderly people in need


Who We Are

ICMC International Catholic Migration Commission was established in 1951 to act in the fields of migration and protection and which detains recognized status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, International Labour Organization and International Organization for Migration and has been granted Canonical status by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. The ICMC Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland, and is further supported by the work of liaison offices in Brussels, Belgium (ICMC Europe) and Washington, D.C, USA (ICMC, Inc.).

ICMC develops durable solutions and better protection for migrant workers through the recently created foundation in Poland “ICMC Eastern Europe”. Mr Johan Ketelers is the ICMC Secretary General, and Mr Andrzej Sados is the head of programs in Eastern Europe. The ICMC partner institutions for the “ICMC cares” project in Poland are Regional Employment Administration and the Local Authorities of the county of Rzeszow (Poland).

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Our Mission

The aim of the “ICMC cares” is the development of new professional and ethical standards in the filed of home caregiving services for elderly people, particularly affected by neurodegenerative diseases, and the establishment of organizational and legal frameworks for the delivery of these services, as an instrument of solidarity economy. Cooperation activities cover the selection, recruitment, training, vocational practice and certification of candidates for caregivers, as well as the adaptation and use of professional skills and experiences acquired abroad in local and regional home caregiving services for elderly people. Organizational and legal solutions developed within the framework of this cooperation are promoted in the Carpathian region and Euroregion in Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.
Combination of partnerships with local authorities, regional public employment services and caregiving institutions of the solidarity economy sector enables better synergy of our actions and more pragmatic and functional use infrastructures and of resources. “ICMC cares” project results in three domains:

  • building of quality ethical and professional standards in sector of caregiving for elderly people;
  • elimination or reduction of illegal practices, prevention of exploitation and counter trafficking of domestic workers recruited in Eastern Europe;
  • strengthening of development cooperation with Eastern European countries through technical assistance, circular labour migration, sharing and promotion of social solidarity economy solutions in the field of caregiving at the level of local authorities and regions.
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Our Caregivers

We make a special effort to include highest possible ethical standards, including respect for human dignity, into the process of education, training and vocational practices of caregivers for elderly people.
The form of elderly care provided varies greatly among countries and is changing rapidly. It has been observed that the global elderly consume the most health expenditures out of any other age group, an observation that shows worldwide eldercare may be very similar. We must also account for an increasingly large proportion of global elderly, especially in developing nations, as continued pressure is put on limiting fertility and decreasing family size.

Traditionally, elderly care has been the responsibility of family members and was provided within the extended family home. However, this model is almost impossible to be achieved for the most of elderly migrants. The reasons for this change include decreasing family size, the greater life expectancy of elderly people, the geographical dispersion of families, and high financial costs of the institutional treatment.

High social and economic demand for domestic caregiving services for elderly people generates rapid development of this sector. An overwhelming part of caregivers are migrants, because of the specific character of this low income sector, and today in Europe growing number of them are women of Eastern European origin. Significant part of the caregiving sector is dominated by private companies, job placement is in practice monopolized by private, small recruitment agencies.

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