Ĺimpatto delle assistenti familiari straniere nel settore della cura aglianziani: Tendenze recenti ed evidenze empiriche in Italia

Translated title of the contribution: The impact of migrant work in the elder care sector: Recent trends and empirical evidence in Italy

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Abstract

Italy is characterized by a very high and increasing demand for elder care but, paradoxically, also by a surprisingly low level of public service provision in this sector. Due to current demographic, economic and socio-cultural trends, the potential availability of informal family care has been decreasing while, on the other hand, still strong familistic attitudes have so far limited the emergence of formal-both home and residential-care services. The 'cash-for-care' orientation of the Italian welfare system, with direct payments prevailing over in-kind services, has thus gradually developed into a care regime where monetary transfers to dependent (older) people are often used to privately employ migrant care workers. This phenomenon is analyzed in the context of two different studies (EUROFAMCARE and DIPO), in order to understand how migrant care work has been affecting both family care and professional care work in Italy. The main findings suggest that the widespread employment of migrant care workers-propelled by public care allowances-has certainly relieved many families from most burdensome care tasks, but at the same time partly 'crowded out' formal care services. Care quality issues remain. however, largely under-investigated, as do care drain effects in sending countries.

Translated title of the contributionThe impact of migrant work in the elder care sector: Recent trends and empirical evidence in Italy
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)9-27
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Care Services
  • Elder Care
  • Family Caregiving
  • Italy
  • Migrant Care Workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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