Regional Assessment on the Situation and Needs of Older Persons on the Move in the Americas, 2020
The main purpose of this assessment is to present an overview of the situation and the priority needs of older persons on the move in Latin America, with a focus on some countries in the Andean region and the northern part of Central America. The assessment also includes the impact and worsening of older persons access to and exercise of their rights and services, under the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, this assessment will provide data and evidence for decision-making, public-policy design, and the implementation of programmes that promote the rights of older persons on the move throughout the region and during the entire displacement cycle.
Unit of Analysis
The scope includes:
- Covid impact
Elderly and Disabled
Livelihood & Social cohesion
National coverage (Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru)
Older people (over 60 years old)
Producers and sponsors
The purpose of this assessment is to establish a consolidated body of knowledge on the guarantee of rights, needs, and services that cover older persons (over 60 years old) on the move in Latin America, particularly in Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.
Given the existing limitations in determining the universe of older persons in the human mobility flows of interest, this assessment was not based on a statistically representative sample design. Nonetheless, it is considered that the breadth and quality of the information obtained serves to reflect the main trends in terms of the guarantee of rights and provision of services to older persons on the move.
Data was gathered via telephone and online surveys. The telephone surveys took place between 26 October and 27 November 2020. Among the contacts provided by UNCHR, associates and field partners, an initial database of 2,876 older persons in the five countries was consolidated; of these, the survey enumerators called 1,325 persons, of whom 772 accepted to participate. After debugging, 725 surveys were included in the analysis, i.e., those that met the criteria for completing the survey and had the respondent's consent on the use of the information.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
The survey data was uploaded by the interviewers in real time onto the Kobo Toolbox platform and processed for statistical-descriptive analysis using Microsoft Power BI software, following adjustment and debugging of the data concerning human mobility flows in all countries, based on two corroboration questions included in the instruments for this purpose.
The questionnaire contains the following sections:
- Survey data
- Seeking Asylum, Returning, Internal Displacement and Migration
- Access to income
- Care and Support
- Access to security
- Access to Health Services
- Access to Training Services
- Access to Work
- Access to Food Security
- Access to Social Security
- Access to Accommodation or Housing and Health Services
- Community Participation and Integration
- Non-Discrimination and Equality before the law
- Access to Freedom of Expression, Opinion and Information
- Accessibility and Mobility
- Access to financial products
HelpAge International, UNHCR (2021). Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru: Regional assessment on the situation and needs of older persons on the move in the Americas, 2020. Accessed from: https://microdata.unhcr.org