Brokering Circular Labour Migration: A Mobile Ethnography of Migrant Care Workers’ Journey to Switzerland

1st Edition

Huey Shy Chau

March 30, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367140571 - CAT# K410243
Series: Routledge International Studies of Women and Place

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This book examines the commercialisation of domestic and care work through private agencies organising transnational care arrangements by brokering migrant workers.

The book focuses on the emergence of private for-profit home care agencies post the 2011 extension of the Free Movement of Workers to Eastern European Countries agreement in Switzerland. These agencies recruit migrant women from these countries and place them in private households for elderly care. This book explores how circular labour migration for these care workers is facilitated. In the form of a mobile ethnography, it traces their journey from Eastern European countries to Switzerland – from when the care workers find employment and get recruited by agencies, to when they arrive at their designated households. From the agencies’ analytical standpoint, the book examines the home care agencies’ recruitment and placement practices and their role in facilitating migration.

Brokering Labour Migration offers an understanding of new migration patterns and highlights fundamental changes in migration control with the extension of free movement of workers in Switzerland to lower-wage countries in Eastern Europe. It will be an invaluable resource for academics and scholars of geography, anthropology, sociology, and gender and migration.

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