ABSTRACT - In the last decade an increasing number of Italian families has been privately employing migrant home care workers, often on a live-in basis, in order to provide support to their frail older members. This phenomenon has reached a large extent, with a sort of "ethnification" of the eldercare sector, due to a reduced ability of Italian households to provide traditional unpaid care for an increased female employment, the overlapping of different cash-for-care payment schemes (preferred to direct care service provision), a still "familistic" cultural approach and a related aversion to residential care. The article provides an overview of the main trends currently affecting the demand and supply of eldercare in Italy from a demographic, labour market and social support perspective, including an outline of the motivations driving Italian families to hire migrant home care workers as well as of the difficulties experienced by migrant care workers, to finally analyse a possible "mediating" role of the European Union to tackle this internationally growing phenomenon.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Retraite et Societe|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 10 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Industrial relations
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
- Sociology and Political Science