CO.S.M.I.C – Community Support for Migrant Informal Carers
Project CO.S.M.I.C aims to support migrant informal carers, who are at risk of social exclusion, discrimination and stigmatization.
Grant Agreement Number: 2018-1-NO01-KA204-038801
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 09/2018 – 12/2020
Informal carers are persons who support family members, spouses, partners, relatives or friends of any age who need help to manage a range of daily living tasks. Even though informal carers provide 80% of all care in Europe (Eurocarers), contrary to paid care workers they receive no wage for their work.
Carers with migrant background (CWMB), in particular, often work without recognition and to the detriment of their own health and well-being, experiencing at the same time unique challenges in accessing support services.
These challenges arise mainly from a lack of self-identification among migrants of their status as carers and hence an absence of policy recognition of their needs and rights. As a result, CWMBs face a “double disadvantage”, with their rights not yet fully recognized as carers, and with a higher risk of social exclusion as migrants.
By adopting a user-led approach and involving CWMBs directly in every stage of the process, the CO.S.M.I.C. Project develops methods and tools to support migrant carers and professionals working with them, in order to increase recognition and self-identification and support access to available services.