Marginalized and Dissident Non-Citizens: Foreign Domestic Workers

  • Daiva K. Stasiulis
  • Abigail B. Bakan


The systemic reproduction of migrant domestics as non-citizens within the countries where they work and reside renders them in a meaningful sense stateless, as far as access to state protection of their rights is concerned. This is despite the formal retention of legal citizenship status accorded by their home country, and, often, the legal entry as non-citizen migrant workers in the host country. In previous chapters, we have identified how the construction of non-citizenship is central to maintaining the vulnerability of foreign domestic workers in Canada. In this chapter, we consider the lived experiences of domestic workers themselves, based largely on a survey of foreign domestic workers living in Toronto. This chapter offers a comparative analysis of the experiences of two groups of women of colour, those of West Indian and Filipino origin, working in the homes of upper-middle- and upper-class Canadian families resident in Toronto, Ontario in the mid-1990s.


Immigration Status Domestic Worker Household Labour Woman Worker Grocery Shopping 
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© Daiva K. Stasiulis and Abigail B. Bakan 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daiva K. Stasiulis
    • 1
  • Abigail B. Bakan
    • 2
  1. 1.Carleton UniversityCanada
  2. 2.Queen’s UniversityCanada

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