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

Shutes, Isabel and Chiatti, Carlos (2012) Migrant labour and the marketisation of care for older people: the employment of migrant care workers by families and service providers. Journal of European Social Policy, 22 (4). pp. 392-405. ISSN 0958-9287

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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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://esp.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 08:53
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/46409/

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