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Caring Labour in a Migrating World


The position of migrant workers employed in European care systems is defined and shaped by the intersection and interrelation of national social policy and migration regimes embedded in specific economic, political and cultural contexts.
The combination of the researcher’s background and knowledge of care and migration and the substantial expertise of the host institution in comparative studies of care in Europe will enable an interdisciplinary and multi-national analysis of the position of migrant workers in European care systems. The two contextual backgrounds and the complementary methodological expertise of the partners in Critical Discourse Analysis (researcher) and Comparative Case Studies Analysis (the host institution, in particular the mentoring group) will allow the partners to develop a new methodological and analytical conceptualisation to study the moral, social, economic, political and cultural context of caring, in which migrants work, by investigating both national policy regimes and people’s reflections on their work trajectories. This project will adress at least two main issues of the future of European societies: Ageing societies have been identified as one of the main challenges for Europe in the Lisbon 2020 strategy and labour migration has been described as important measure to tackle shortcomings in markets.
Apart from the politically, economically and socially significant investigation of the position of migrant care workers this cooperation will foster a novel approach in the study of the intersection of care regimes and migration regimes which can furthermore act as a tool for important future investigations combining political, economic, social and cultural perspectives. Both the research community (in the field of care and migration studies and beyond) and policy makers will be able to learn and benefit from the outcomes of this cooperation.

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Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht

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West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Trudie Knijn (Prof.)
EU contribution
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