South-South migration for domestic work and poverty

Deshingkar, Priya and Zeitlyn, Benjamin (2015) South-South migration for domestic work and poverty. Geography Compass, 9 (4). pp. 169-179. ISSN 1749-8198

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Migration for domestic work has become the subject of intense debate among international human rights organisations and policy makers concerned with the welfare of workers who are predominantly women from poor and historically disadvantaged communities. A review of the literature on South-South migration for domestic work was undertaken to assess the evidence base that underpins this debate. It shows that there is little discussion of the reasons for such migration and the impact that it has on households at origin. There is an assumption that domestic workers are driven by poverty into occupations that further entrench poverty. The literature is dominated by papers focusing on the shortcomings of legal frameworks for regulating working conditions and recruitment practices, resulting in extremely exploitative conditions of employment. Although a few papers discuss worker agency these are not influencing policy debates, which continue to treat migrant domestic workers as victims. There dearth of research on the impacts of migration of such migration on households at origin is a significant gap in the literature given that migration is often a household strategy to access more remunerative employment in other places and remit money home.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2015 13:46
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2015 12:15
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