Does the Family Suffer?

  • Miloslav Bahna
  • Martina Sekulová


Female-dominated migration flows are suspected to create “care drain”—care shortages in the source country at the expense of care provided in the destination country. We ask if care drain experienced in the families of the care workers in Slovakia or transnational partnering leads to lower job satisfaction. While carers with small children are a minority, most care workers live with a partner. None of these groups, however, provide a consistently lower level of the generally very high job satisfaction. The lack of connection between satisfaction and family situation poses a question as to whether the situation of European migrant care workers is comparable to experiences of care workers from the Global South on which the concept of care drain was developed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miloslav Bahna
    • 1
  • Martina Sekulová
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for SociologySlovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Independent ResearcherBratislavaSlovakia

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