Crossborder Care in the Long Term: Intersections of Age, Gender, and Circularity

  • Miloslav Bahna
  • Martina Sekulová


Extensive numbers of Slovak caregivers are compensating for a lack in long-term care capacities in Austria. Circular cross-border commuting is a life strategy for many of them. This chapter focuses on the long-term effects of the migration from Slovakia directed toward 24-hour personal home care for seniors and dependent persons in Austria. The analysis uses research data collected in two fieldwork rounds within a period of seven years. We explore how these care workers’ life projects are impacted by mutual interconnections between gender, age, and temporal circularity. Their personal biographies reflect the diverse ways in which care migration challenges their finances, health, social life, and gender across life-cycle stages.


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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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