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Migration and Domestic Work

IMISCOE Short Reader


  • This open access short reader offers new data and analysis on the nexus between migration and domestic work

  • Describes the conditions of domestic workers in a global perspective and in different historical periods

  • Introduces the main actors and policy interventions which have characterized this field

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    • Sabrina Marchetti
    Pages 1-11Open Access
  3. Care and Domestic Work

    • Sabrina Marchetti
    Pages 13-32Open Access
  4. Migration

    • Sabrina Marchetti
    Pages 33-51Open Access
  5. Inequalities

    • Sabrina Marchetti
    Pages 53-69Open Access
  6. Rights

    • Sabrina Marchetti
    Pages 71-83Open Access
  7. Conclusion

    • Sabrina Marchetti
    Pages 85-87Open Access

About this book

This open access short reader offers a systematic overview of the scholarly debate on the experiences of migrant domestic workers at a global level, in the past as well as in present time. It tackles the nexus between migration and domestic work with a multi-layered approach. The book looks into the issue of (paid) domestic work in migratory contexts by investigating the feminization of migration, thereby considering the larger framework within which this specific phenomenon takes place. The author explains notions such as the “international division of reproductive labor” or “global care chains” which emphasize the inequality in the way care and domestic tasks are distributed today between middle-class women in receiving nations and migrant domestic workers. Moreover, the book shows how women migrating to work in the domestic work and private care sector are facing a complex landscape of migration and labor regulations that are extremely difficult to navigate. At the same time, this issue also addresses employers’ households who cannot find appropriate or affordable care among declining welfare states and national workers reluctant to take the job, whilst legal regulations make difficult to hire a domestic worker who is a third country national. As such this book offers an interesting read to academics, policy makers and all those working in the field.


  • Open access
  • (Paid) Domestic work
  • Migrant people
  • Nexus between migration and domestic work
  • Labour regulations
  • Private households
  • Cleaners
  • Domestic and care work
  • Asian-Pacific countries, Eastern Europe, South America
  • Feminization of migration
  • Migratory regime, gender regime, welfare regime
  • State policies
  • Citizenship and legal rights
  • Migrant domestic workers

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venezia, Italy

    Sabrina Marchetti

About the author

Sabrina Marchetti is Associate Professor in Sociology at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is mainly specialised on issues of gender, racism, labour and migration, with a specific focus on the question of migrant domestic and care work.

In the past, she has worked at the European University Institute as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow and Jean Monnet Fellow. She has been post-doctoral fellow at the Gender Excellence Programme of Linköping University in Sweden. She holds a Phd from the Graduate Gender Programme of Utrecht University.

She has been the Principal Investigator of a Starting Grant project funded by the European Research Council entitled “DomEQUAL: Paid domestic work and global inequalities” (2016-21) about the labour rights of paid domestic and care workers in India, Philippines, Taiwan, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Spain. She is currently the coordinator of the Italian team for the H2020 research project “VULNER: Vulnerabilities under the global protection regime” (2020-23) coordinated by the Max Planck Institute in Halle.

Her previous books in English are “Black Girls. Migrant Domestic Workers and Colonial Legacies” (Brill, 2014) and “Employers, Agencies and Immigration: Paying for Care” (Ashgate 2015, with Anna Triandafyllidou), “Global domestic workers: intersectional inequalities and struggles for rights” (Bristol UP 2021, with Giulia Garofalo Geymonat and Daniela Cherubini).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Migration and Domestic Work

  • Book Subtitle: IMISCOE Short Reader

  • Authors: Sabrina Marchetti

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-11465-6Published: 25 August 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-11466-3Published: 24 August 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 87

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Labor and Population Economics, Political Science

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 22.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)