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Around 10,000 Tamils ​​in Switzerland are reaching retirement age. A new study shows what this means for them.

The history of the Tamils ​​in Switzerland began 36 years ago. Thousands fled the civil war in Sri Lanka. When they arrived in Switzerland, many of them started to work in restaurants or as cleaners.

Working in the low-wage sector is now noticeable in retirement age, explains Luksmanan Sinnadurai. He was one of the first Tamils ​​to come to Switzerland.

Back pain, trauma

Luksmanan Sinnadurai is one of more than 60 Tamils ​​who participated in the study by the Swiss Red Cross, "Living situation and needs of the elderly Tamil migrant population in Switzerland, link opens in a new window".

The results coincide with his observations: After a busy life, Tamils ​​of retirement age do not have much left to live on. In addition, there are health problems, back pain, and unprocessed war trauma.

After all, age is always a reflection of life up to now, explains Hildegard Hungerbühler, who led the study: "Compared to the Swiss average, migrants have a higher risk of poverty in old age because they have worked above average in the low-wage sector."

Many thought of returning for a long time

But why is the study focusing on the Tamils ​​of all people? Because they were one of the first non-European migrant groups. Back in the 1980s, the Swiss asylum procedure was not as mature as it is today. Political persecution was not recognized.

Hildegard Hungerbühler says: "They were classified as economic refugees and for the first few years they had an unregulated residence status that did not open up any clear prospects for the people."

In other words, many thought about returning for a long time. But this dream burst almost ten years ago when the Sri Lankan government troops defeated the separatists militarily.

Since then, the diaspora in Switzerland has become the definitive home and Sri Lanka the country to which one commutes at best for a certain period of time. However, in order to be able to draw Swiss pension payments in Sri Lanka as well, a bilateral social security agreement between the two countries would be required. The study also makes this clear.

Study reveals solutions

In addition: the children and grandchildren live in Switzerland. "Then it will be difficult to go away," says Luksmanan Sinnadurai.

For traditionally living Tamils, the retirement and nursing home has been a taboo until now. But the study, which specifically allows young people to have their say, shows that the Tamils ​​in the second generation are independent, self-confident and have advanced professionally.

So how do you deal with the expectations of the parents' generation? The study shows proposed solutions, such as how to organize help with the authorities in a low-threshold way.

But the study also makes it clear: the ideas about aging are still vague and the discourse about what it takes to prevent migrants from sliding into old-age poverty is only just beginning.

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  • Comment from Denise Casagrande (begulide)
    If this is not the case, then one must seriously ask the ladies and gentlemen in the Swiss “people's welfare policy”: When is a person, a “person” in Switzerland and what makes a “citizen” effectively? ?
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    1. answer from Albert Planta (Plal)
      Most of the Tamils ​​have long been Swiss. All Swiss pensioners must be careful that their pensions are guaranteed. There are people from the right corner who are in favor of cutting pensioners' pensions at best.
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  • Comment from jean-claude albert heusser (jeani)
    The problem is not just for the Tamils, but for everyone who has not paid into the AHV for 40 years! And then there are the "early retirees dreamers" who can't count and think they can have a nice retired life at 60!
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  • Comment from Denise Casagrande (begulide)
    "Everyone" who has worked in Switzerland for years for a living and paid social security contributions has the right to an adequate AHV and pension in order to be able to live on it. This is part of the "people's welfare policy" and must be "customary" in "humanitarian" Switzerland! Or?
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    1. answer from Henriette Rub (ehb)
      Dream on, Mrs. Casagrande. There are enough Swiss pensioners who stick to the subsistence level, especially the ones. But they live their lives quietly in the background and do not hang on to their poverty. Perhaps their prospects look a lot better there.
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