Unauthorized Recruitment of Migrant Domestic Workers from India to the Middle East: Interest Conflicts, Patriarchal Nationalism and State Policy

  • Praveena KodothEmail author


Indian women are recruited to work as domestic workers in the Middle East in an opaque regulatory environment. Recent policy measures by the Indian government have made the legal route of mobility for women much more difficult. Legal barriers speak directly to dominant patriarchal and nationalist logics that represent control over women’s bodies as normative. Being poor and unorganized, emigrant domestic workers have little voice in public policy debates that concerns them. This chapter argues that intensification of controls in the recent past alongside tacit accommodation of irregular mobility has given impetus to clandestine recruitment practices and has served to criminalize women while providing impunity to unauthorized recruiters.


Unauthorized recruitment Migrant domestic workers India-Middle east Patriarchal nationalism State policy 


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  1. 1.Centre for Development StudiesThiruvananthapuramIndia

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