Irregular Migration and Invisible Welfare

Hardcover | July 19, 2013

byM. Ambrosini

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This book examines the paradoxical position of irregular migrants in European society, who are often labelled as 'illegal' residents but who in fact provide much needed, essential support to welfare systems. Focusing on care work at home for the elderly, the book argues that increasingly restrictive immigration policies directly contradicts the growing need for care-givers since the majority of those employed are a result of illegal immigration. The book also explores the personal issues faced by these irregular migrants such as their concerns for family members that are left behind and the pressures that migration imposes on these relationships as migrants struggle to improve the daily conditions of their lives.

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This book examines the paradoxical position of irregular migrants in European society, who are often labelled as 'illegal' residents but who in fact provide much needed, essential support to welfare systems. Focusing on care work at home for the elderly, the book argues that increasingly restrictive immigration policies directly contra...

Maurizio Ambrosini is Professor of Sociology of Migration at the University of Milan, Italy. He has over 150 publications which include his widely adopted textbook, Sociologia Delle Migrazioni.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:July 19, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230343163

ISBN - 13:9780230343160

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Irregular Immigration Between Political Rejection and Practical Tolerance
2. Reasons and Dynamics of Irregular Immigration
3. Families in Trouble and Demand for Care Services: The Formation of an Invisible Welfare and the Contribution of Migrants
4. Surviving Underground: Resources and Practices of Irregular Migrants in the Care Sector
5. Across Borders: Care Work and Family Life
6. Conclusion: As the Dreaded Illegal Immigrants Become Deserving Care-Workers

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