Who Cares? Researching and Meeting the Needs of Migrant Care Workers

June 2007 – September 2009
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This study, conducted in collaboration with the charity Kalayaan, investigated the role of migrant domestic workers employed to care for the elderly in private households. It explores the living and working conditions of migrant care workers (MCW) caring for the elderly, and covers broad areas such as employment relations, care regulation, race and racialised labour, integration and skills.

Combining a robust scientific and user orientated methodology, a policy focus and an interest in theory development, it examines the importance of migrants in the provision of elder care in private households; whether MCWs share common characteristics (i.e. Immigration status, nationality, age, gender, etc.); the living and working conditions of MCWs; the means by which MCWs negotiate their employment and social relationships with care users and their relatives; and the ways in which race and racism impact on the employment of MCWs.

Findings arising from the study are of policy relevance in the fields of both care and immigration, particularly in the context of the European Commission’s Green Paper (December 2008) on the future of Europe’s healthcare workforce.

Principal Investigator

Bridget Anderson


Mumtaz Lalani (Kalayaan, London), Lourdes Gordolan (Kalayaan, London)


The Big Lottery Fund (BLF)