Migration and the Transformation of Social Care: The Employment of Migrant Workers under Cash-for-Care Schemes in the UK

This research, carried out by Isabel Shutes and funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (Oct 2009 to Sept 2013), builds on completed research by COMPAS on the role of migrant care workers in ageing societies.

It examines the direct employment of migrant workers by older people under cash-for-care schemes in the UK. These schemes give older people and other care users who are entitled to publicly subsidised social care the option of receiving a cash payment that can be used to directly employ a care worker.

Cash-for-care schemes have been adopted across western welfare states and are seen as central to enabling greater ‘choice and control’ for care users over their care. The research explores the interconnections between these developments in social care and migration by analysing the dynamics of choice and control in relation to the experiences of care users and migrant care workers.

This area of work led to COMPAS holding a conference in April 2011 entitled: Making Connections: Migration, Gender and Care Labour in Transnational Context

The conference sought to develop connections between different aspects of the study of migrant care labour in transnational contexts: between state policies in care, migration and labour markets and the gendered and racialised divisions that shape these; in the relationship between both sending and receiving countries; and in the different scope and contexts of care work from so-called informal or unskilled home-based labour to the professional migration of, for example, nurses.

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