Decent care for migrant households

policy alternatives to Sri Lanka's Family Background Report

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Domestic worker migration can profoundly reconfigure unpaid care arrangements within migrant households, often exacerbating gendered inequalities in providing and receiving care. While the International Labor Organization has led rights advocacy around migrant domestic work, there remains a dearth of attention to the relationship between feminized migration and unpaid care. In Sri Lanka, this policy space has been occupied by the Family Background Report: a series of regulations that reinforce maternal caregiving by restricting the migration of women with young children. An alternative “decent care” approach, involving investment in local care infrastructure, could yield multiple benefits while promoting a gender-inclusive decent work agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-347
Number of pages23
JournalSocial Politics
Issue number3
Early online date10 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

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