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Women Migrant Workers

Ethical, Political and Legal Problems

Edited by Zahra Meghani

© 2016 – Routledge

284 pages

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pub: 2015-10-21
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About the Book

This volume makes the case for the fair treatment of female migrant workers from the global South who are employed in wealthy liberal democracies as care workers, domestic workers, home health workers, and farm workers. An international panel of contributors provide analyses of the ethical, political, and legal harms suffered by female migrant workers, based on empirical data and case studies, along with original and sophisticated analyses of the complex of systemic, structural factors responsible for the harms experienced by women migrant workers. The book also proposes realistic and original solutions to the problem of the unjust treatment of women migrant workers, such as social security systems that are transnational and tailored to meet the particular needs of different groups of international migrant workers.


“This volume makes a rich and innovative contribution to the literature on an important and timely topic: Gender, migration, and work. It looks in particular at low-skilled female migrant workers from the global South, migrating to countries of the global North. … The individual chapters of the volume paint a multifaceted picture of the realities of low-skilled WMWs (women migrant workers) —particularly migrant domestic and care workers—in a wide range of sending and receiving states, and the numerous challenges and rights violations they encounter. Despite the wide geographic scope of the book, the situation and difficulties of WMWs in the various sending and receiving states are surprisingly similar. The themes covered by the book (legal regulation, international development paradigms, social security, support services for WMWs, and directions for future research), are well-chosen.”Feminist Legal Studies (Springer) May 2016

Table of Contents

Foreword: Protecting the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Migrant Women Workers Maria Jose Alcalá. Acknowledgments 1. Women on the Move Zahra Meghani Part One: Circumstances of Injustice 2. "Her Life Within the Home": The Construction of Gender and Female International Migrant Workers in the Republic of Ireland Graham Finlay and JoAnne M. Mancini 3. Trapped in a Web of Immigration and Employment Laws: Female Undocumented Home Health Workers in the US Zahra Meghani Part Two: Uncaring Development Paradigms 4. On a Collision Course: Millennium Development Goals and Mothers’ Migration Delali Badasu and Sonya Michel 5. Global Care Chains: Reshaping the Hidden Foundations of an Unsustainable Development Model Amaia Pérez Orozco Part Three: Unjust Social Security Systems 6. International Migrant Domestic Workers, National Welfare States and Transnational Social Security Arrangements Sarah van Walsum 7. Gendered Policies, Single Mothers and Transnational Motherhood: Mexican Female Migrant Farmworkers in Canada Ofelia Becerril Part Four: Care for Care Workers 8. "A Place to Call Home": The Catholic Church and Female Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore Theresa Devasahayam Part Five: The Way Forward 9. Transnationalization and the Capitalization of Labor: Female Foreign Domestic Workers Stuart Rosewarne 10. Hopes and Expectations Dashed: Migrant Women, the Informal Welfare State and Women’s Labor Force Participation in Greece Antigone Lyberaki

About the Editor

Zahra Meghani is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island.

About the Series

Routledge International Studies of Women and Place

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
LAW / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies