Migrant labour and the marketisation of care for older people: The employment of migrant care workers by families and service providers

Isabel Shutes, Carlos Chiatti

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Abstract

This article contributes to an understanding of how different institutional contexts produce similar outcomes as regards the employment of migrant workers in care work. It examines how the employment of migrant care workers in both the familial provision of care and the formal provision of care services for older people is shaped, first, by the marketisation of care and, second, by immigration controls. The analysis draws on data on the employment of migrant care workers by families in Italy and by providers of residential and home care services in the UK. It is argued that marketisation processes and immigration controls have contributed to the employment of migrant workers across so-called informal/formal types of care provision, and irregular/regular types of care work and migration. While the institutional contexts in which migrant care labour is located may differ, converging outcomes are evident regarding the structural positioning of migrant workers within the provision of care for older people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-405
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of European Social Policy
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Keywords

  • care regimes
  • care work
  • long-term care
  • markets
  • migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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