Integration for Third-Country Nationals in the European Union
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Integration for Third-Country Nationals in the European Union

The Equality Challenge

Edited by Sonia Morano-Foadi and Micaela Malena

This highly original book provides an innovative analysis of EU migration and asylum law and its interplay with equality issues in order to assess the current integration framework for third-country nationals and to explore future scenarios in the European Context.
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Chapter 9: Care, labour and migration policies in Germany: implications for the rights of migrant domestic and care workers

Maria Kontos


Over the last few years, migrant domestic and care workers have become the hidden mainstay of European welfare systems. Despite their relevance for maintaining social reproduction, their situation and their rights have been rarely addressed by EU policy and most of the national states. Rather, it is the Southern European countries who have included domestic and care work in their immigration regulations in the form of regularisation schemes and immigration quotas. In these countries, labour markets for domestic and care work are larger than in Northern and Western European countries. Germany is a country with a large domestic and care work labour market segment. In this country, despite some institutional offers for the care of children and the elderly, policies related to care provision bear a familialist character, continuing to allocate the main responsibility for the maintenance of care to families. Recent comparative analysis has highlighted the relevance of the intersection of welfare, care and migration regimes in accounting for the emergence of the demand for the care labour of migrant women and in shaping their living and working conditions.

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