More than 16,000 carers from Slovakia are looking after elderly people in Austria, according to a survey conducted by the Social Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) and polling company TNS Slovakia. The results also showed that the average age of Slovak female caregivers in Austria is higher than is the case for other immigrant groups, the TASR newswire reported.
“Two thirds of these women belong to the age group of 40-49 years,” said Miroslav Bahna from SAV, as quoted by TASR, adding that the survey did not cover male caregivers.
Most of these caregivers come from Košice, Prešov, Banská Bystrica and Žilina Regions, the survey showed. Moreover, more than 70 percent of the carers have a school-leaving certificate, 18 percent of them have secondary education but no school-leaving certificate, 10 percent are university graduates, and only 1 percent of them have just basic education, TASR wrote.
“When it comes to their marital status, more than half of these women are married,” said Bahna, specifying that around 78 percent of them have children, although for 70 percent their children are already adults.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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