The implications of migration for gender and care regimes in the south.

Kofman, Eleonore and Raghuram, Parvati (2009) The implications of migration for gender and care regimes in the south. Working Paper. UNRISD, Geneva.

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Abstract

In the past decade there has been considerable interest in issues of funding and provision of care in public and social policy. The almost universal domination of women in caregiving, the growth in number of women in waged labour and the resulting withdrawal of some women from caregiving has led to opening up new fields of paid care work for other women. Women have migrated across the world to take over these tasks, leaving care gaps in their own households and thus fuelling further migration. Yet, the analytical focus of much of the literature on caring activities, concepts and models has largely been limited to the global North with the result that knowledge of migration, gendered labour and care regimes has significant gaps and omissions, especially as they relate to the global South. Migration is taking place not just from the South to the North, but also between contiguous countries in the South, where income levels between countries may not be much higher, and especially to some of the migration poles in middle-income countries, such as Argentina, Jordan, Malaysia and parts of Eastern Europe. Internal migration within countries may also be a significant element of migratory flows. Whatever the reasons and direction of migration, the mobility of women has raised concerns about the resultant rearrangements of care in sending contexts. This paper extends discussions of migration and care to the global South and lays out some questions that need to be addressed to help reflect local realities in discussions of care in the South.

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Social Policy and Development Program Paper 41

PP-SPD-41

Research Areas:School of Law > Social Policy Research Centre
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